British firefighters are planning a nationwide strike. If they do, it will be the first strike for them in 20 years.
According to their union, an overwhelming 88 percent of those who voted were in favor of the strike. They had a 73 percent turnout for the vote. The firefighters are concerned about their pay. They recently rejected a 5 percent pay offer from the government. Many firefighters lost at least 12 percent of the value of their pay since 2010.
A union rep said, “Firefighters were among Britain’s COVID heroes who kept frontline services going during the pandemic. The prime minister has badly misjudged the public mood by imposing pay cuts on key workers.”
In an effort to prevent strikes, the union said it has given the government and businesses 10 days to come up with a better offer that could be submitted to a vote of members.