100 fire and rescue staff from Oxfordshire to descend on Westminster for pay rally

100 fire and rescue staff from Oxfordshire to descend on Westminster for pay rally <i>(Image: Archive)</i>
100 fire and rescue staff from Oxfordshire to descend on Westminster for pay rally (Image: Archive)

Up to 100 members of the Oxfordshire fire brigades union will descend on Westminster for a rally over pay.

Fire and rescue staff from across the country will attend the rally and a parliamentary lobby to demand a pay increase after rejecting a 5 per cent raise last month.

Firefighters and control staff are currently in a pay dispute with their employers over a pay offer that would constitute a real-terms pay cut.

READ MORE: Oxfordshire fire and rescue staff to start strike ballot

A ballot on strike action opened today (Monday, December 5) to 33,500 members of the union.

The rally will begin at 12pm in Methodist Central Hall, Storeys Gate, London, SW1H 9NH.

Steve Wright, Fire Brigades Union executive council member said: “Firefighters and fire officers from across Oxfordshire will join Fire Brigades Union members from across the country to gather outside Parliament, on Parliament Square, before going into Parliament to lobby Oxfordshire MPs on December 6.

“Our members are clear they will not accept a further real terms pay cut and whilst strike action is always a last resort, our members simply can’t go on like this and are being left with no other option.

“But following years of falling wages and years of real-terms pay cuts - Firefighters along with all workers should not have to accept pay cuts, they deserve substantial pay increases that reflect the cost of living crisis and that is what our members are willing to fight for”.

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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