The FBU remains united as firefighters in England continue their strike action over the governmentâ€™s unaffordable and unsustainable pension changes. Below are messages of solidarity from Control members as well as the FBU in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Sharon Riley, executive council member for Control, said: â€œOn behalf of Control members across the UK I would like to wish you all well for the next 4 days and beyond.Â No one takes strike action lightly but the despicable actions of the Fire Minister, CLG and the Tories in Westminster cannot be tolerated.
â€œControl members around the UK will support you on the picket lines and via the hardship fund.
â€œStay strong. Unity is Strength.â€
Roddy Robertson, executive council member for the FBU in Scotland, said: â€œOn behalf of the Scottish Region of the FBU can I wish you all the best with the next 4 days of action, it is sheer ideology that now appears to be driving the Conservative led Westminster. When 3 countries can recognise the genuine grievances of our case and at least try to improve, we have one which refuses, they are not honourable people, we are.â€
â€œThe thoughts of your sisters and brothers are with you all and our officials are converting those thoughts to donations, onwards and upwards.â€
Jim Quinn, acting executive council member for the FBU in Northern Ireland, said: â€œOn behalf of all FBU members in Northern Ireland I want to offer our support and solidarity to all those Firefighters who will be on Strike in England from 6pm tonight until 6pm on 4th November.
â€œThis is because of Westminsterâ€™s refusal to do what the other Governments are doing in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, namely engage in meaningful negotiations over Pensions.
â€œOur thoughts continue to remain with those being forced into strike action by the Tories forÂ their own selfish and strategic party politicalÂ ends.â€
Cerith Griffiths, regional chair of the FBU in Wales, said: â€œWeÂ send best wishes and solidarity to all FBU members who have been forced into taking strike action once again over the next few days against these ideological attacks by the UK government. Whilst FBU members in WalesÂ aren’t involved in the latestÂ round of strikes you can be assured that you will remain at the forefront of our thoughts andÂ Welsh support is 100% behind the action that you take.
â€œThe decision to take strike actionÂ is never an easy oneÂ but the courage and determination shown by you all is both exemplary and honourable.Â I already know that donations for the hardship fund are being collected and arrangements will be made to deposit these as soon as possible.
â€œMewn Undeb Mae Nerth – Unity is Strength.â€
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