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Avon Fire & Rescue: we will prioritise during strike

Chief Fire Officer for Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Kevin Pearson says they have contingency arrangements in place to deal with the strike, but warns they will be prioritising calls to emergencies where there is a risk to life.

This is a national dispute over which Avon Fire Authority has no control.

Although we have contingency arrangements in place, the reality is we will not be in a position to provide the excellent emergency response we usually do.

In the lead up to and during the strike I would ask local people to take steps to ensure their homes and businesses are as safe as possible.

Although it’s good practice anytime it’s particularly important during a period when our emergency response capability will be reduced.

Accidents do happen but it is possible to reduce the risk and the impact of a fire in the home by taking extra care not to leave cooking unattended, making sure you check smoke alarms are working and rehearsing escape routes with the whole family.

Business owners and managers should also be aware of their responsibilities to staff and customers under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

Although we will be prioritising calls our advice remains the same - if you have a fire you should get out, stay out and call 999.

– Chief Fire Officer, AFRS Kevin Pearson

Fresh fire strike dates revealed

Avon Fire and Rescue service is urging people to take extra care to prevent fires and other emergencies after two national firefighters strikes have been announced.

It's part of an on-going dispute with the Government over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union has announced a four-and-a-half hour walkout on Friday 1 November from 6.30pm to 11pm.

This will be followed by a two-hour period of action on Monday 4 November from 6am until 8am.

Striking firefighters Credit: ITV News West Country

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Five Bristol post offices affected in nationwide strike

Post office workers on strike last month Credit: ITV News West Country

Post office workers across the country are going on strike today. In Bristol, five post offices will be affected. These are: The Galleries, Kingswood, Yate, Nailsea, and Keynsham.

The strike has been called in response to disputes over jobs and pay.

The Post Office plans to close 76 offices which will affect more than eight hundred jobs.

The union is seeking protection for jobs and the service. It also wants to secure a fair pay rise for staff who haven't had one since April 2011.

Today, the strike will affect three hundred and seventy three post offices across the country.

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Government vows to address employment T&Cs

The Government said it will address some of its terms and conditions for employees after public sector workers called a strike:

While there has been significant recent change in pay and pensions, there are other terms and conditions that have not been updated.

We will address this and ensure a modern employment offer is available to all.

– Cabinet Office spokesman
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Cabinet defends pay and pensions reforms

The Government said "pay restraint" had helped protect jobs and its pensions remain "among the very best available" after civil servants announced a strike:

The Government took the tough decision to freeze public sector pay for two years, while protecting those earning under £21,000 by increasing their pay by at least £250 per year.

Pay restraint has helped to protect jobs in the public sector and support high- quality public services.

In March 2012 we set out our final proposed agreements on pension reform following more than a year of intensive discussions with trade unions.

These reforms will ensure that public sector pensions will remain among the very best available and that they can be sustained for future generations.

– Cabinet Office spokesman
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Government: Civil servants' strike 'futile' and 'damaging'

The PCS has planned three months of protests against budget cuts
The PCS is planning three months of protests against budget cuts Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Government said it was "disappointing" that the PCS union is planning three months of industrial action, including a huge strike on Budget day.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "It is disappointing that, yet again, the PCS insist on pushing for futile action which benefits no-one, and damages the services they deliver to the public."

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PCS union unveils three-month action plan

The Public and Commercial Services union says a Budget-day strike will be the first event in a three-month long protest against budget cuts, to include:

  • An all-day strike on 20 March with rallies and demonstrations in key locations, including Westminster
  • Further national and group strikes of varying durations, including half days and short walkouts, timed to have the greatest impact
  • Industrial action short of a strike, including a national overtime ban until 20 June
  • Disruptive action in groups
  • Strike days interspersed with other protests and campaigning activities around specific themes
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PCS: Industrial action more than a 'one-day protest'

The Public and Commercial Services union general secretary Mark Serwotka said a civil servants' strike planned for Budget day would kickstart a "rolling programme" of industrial action:

This is not a one-day protest, this is the start of a rolling programme of walkouts and disruptive action to put pressure on a government that is refusing to talk to us.

Civil and public servants are working harder than ever to provide the services we all rely on but, instead of rewarding them, the government is imposing cuts to their pay, raiding their pensions and trying to rip up their basic working conditions.

We warned more than two years ago that austerity wouldn't work and we were right.

There is an alternative to cutting the living standards of hard-working public servants and our campaign is designed to make the case loud and clear.

– PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka

Postal strikes to go ahead

Postal workers in part of Bristol are to hold a series of strikes in the run up to Christmas. Talks with the Royal Mail broke up today without any agreement. Next week the workers' union, the CWU, say they will give the company a week's notice of their strike plans.

The men and women involved work at the Mead Street depot near Temple Meads. The post codes affected are BS4 and BS14.

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