A STRIKE by South Shields firefighters passed without incident, according to a fire chief.
Yesterday, saw firefighters from the borough join colleagues across England and Wales to stage a four-hour strike in a row with the Government over pensions.
At noon firefighters left the station, returning at 4pm to continue their day shift.
In South Shields, the brigade received no calls during the four-hour period.
Station Manager Ian Cuskin said: “It was a difficult decision for the firefighters to go out on strike but this is an issue they feel very strongly about.
“I’m happy the strike has been managed well.”
The strike was hailed by the fire brigade union as a warning shot to the government over plans to make firefighters work until they are 60 before they can claim a pension.
Ahead of the planned strike, measures had been put in place by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to respond to emergencies.
Commenting on the strike by firefighters over Government attacks on pensions, Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “This was solidly supported strike action by firefighters across England and Wales. It has demonstrated their anger and their determination.
“This strike was a last resort after the Government refused to negotiate – and a warning shot that firefighters are serious about keeping a fair, safe and workable pensions scheme.
“Firefighters across the country are reporting a fantastic response from the public, who seem to understand that the Government’s proposals on pensions are ludicrous.
“We haven’t ruled out further industrial action, but let’s hope common sense wins out, public safety is put first and the Government comes back open to compromise.”