St Albans firefighters strike cancelled

Firefighters on a previous strike

Firefighters on a previous strike - Credit: Archant

A St Albans firefighters strike planned for tomorrow (19) has been cancelled following a successful meeting over pensions between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government.

Crews across the district were poised to protest for the second time in two months on Saturday evening between 6.30pm and 11pm to voice their disapproval of the new plans, which could see them working an extra five years and facing another pension contribution increase.

Herts FBU secretary Tony Smith said: “There’s been some movement in the right direction. There’s no offer yet but Brandon Lewis (Minister for local Government and fire and rescue) is making the right noises, so we’ve decided to call off the strike. We don’t particularly want to go on a strike.

He added: “We’re saluting our firefighters, they were all ready to walk again. Hopefully we will have a quiet Saturday night.”