Support Firefighters on Strike this Weekend

1st May 2014

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Swansea Trades Council

Solidarity with trade unionists defending pay, conditions, jobs and services

Despite Con-Dem claims of economic recovery, we all know that is becoming harder and harder to make our wages stretch to the end of the month. More and more trade unionists are being forced to fight back against the tsunami of attacks raining down on us. Firefighters in the FBU, RMT rail workers, UNISON housing workers, teachers, council workers and NHS staff are amongst the trade unionists in Swansea balloting or taking action currently. In many cases, as well as defending their own terms and conditions, these workers are fighting to defend important public services.

 

This is definitely the case with FBU firefighters, who will be on strike this weekend over Government attacks on pensions. Cerith Griffiths, Chair of FBU Cymru, told the Trades Council:

 

“Despite 3 years of ongoing negotiations and the FBU presenting indisputable evidence, the Government are still unwilling to negotiate properly over the issue of Firefighter pensions.

In the last few weeks Firefighters have had an additional increase in their pension contributions imposed on them which means that they are now contributing over £4,000 a year to the scheme.

Firefighters are now, once again, reluctantly taking strike action this weekend in an attempt to make this Government listen to their concerns.

Earlier in the year, several members of Government were only too keen to praise Firefighters for the work that they did following the severe winter flooding but they are unwilling to listen to their concerns for the future of their families. Despite the latest correspondence from Brandon Lewis MP the FBU remain committed to resolving this issue through negotiation and are willing to meet to discuss a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

Swansea Trades Council stands shoulder to shoulder with all these trade unionists and we will be offering our support and all possible solidarity on picket lines and when we meet to mark May Day - the traditional celebration of trade union solidarity - on Saturday. Come and join with us in marking the struggles of the past and supporting current ones.

 

Swansea Trades Council May Day Rally

Traditional May Day Celebration of Trade Unionism

Saturday 3 May, 12:00 mid-day

Castle Square

 

Speakers include Geraint Davies MP and local trade unionists

(Visteon Pensions Action Group, FBU, UNISON Gwalia workers, RMT,..

all speaking or invited)

 

Ronnie Job,

Secretary, Swansea Trades Council

e-mail: swansea.tradescouncil@gmail.com or phone 07963 454041

 

Notes

For more details of FBU strike: cerith.griffiths@fbu.org.uk / www.fbu.org.uk

Gwalia workers across South Wales are due to strike on May 6 against attacks on jobs, pay, terms & conditions.

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