Firefighters walked out on a blazing fire at a fast food restaurant in Neasden to go on strike.

Fire crews were called at 11am yesterday (Tuesday, August 12) to a fast food restaurant in Neasden Lane, Neasden.

After an hour of being there, workers left the blaze to go on strike from 12pm to 2pm, while contingency crews took over.

This week Fire Brigades Union members across the UK are striking for a few hours a day until Saturday, August 16 to try and persuade the government to honour their pensions.

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The ground floor of the fast food restaurant in Neasden was badly damaged and the roof was also damaged by the blaze.

The incident was handed back to London firefighters after 2pm, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

Before the strikes broke out, the Fire Brigade Union Assistant General Secretary, Andy Dark said: “Government proposals as they stand include a number of unacceptable elements including firefighters being forced to work until 60, an age at which the enormous physical demands of the job are beyond most of us. Both sides have identified that there are possible solutions to these issues but the Government is unwilling to amends its proposals. Firefighters hate striking."

A spokeswoman from the Department of Communities and Local Government said: “The Government will continue to make progress on issues of concern to firefighters. The Fire Minister is currently undertaking a tour across the country to hear views of firefighters themselves.”

Ian Leahair, executive council member for the FBU in London, said: “On arrival at the scene regular firefighters from a London fire station got to work and by noon had the fire under control and all but extinguished the fire. At noon contingency crews, the strikebreaking crews employed by London Fire Brigade when strikes are taking place had arrived.

"Those crews then took command of the incident and it was some time after that changeover that the fire reignited.

“Firefighters left the scene in the hands of contingency crews who the government have stated time and time again are competent to deal with incidents.

“The regular crews did what they do best, they put out the fire. For reasons which London Fire Brigade will have to explain, the contingency crews appear to have lost control of a contained situation.

“Firefighters in London don’t want to be taking strike action. The fire minister needs to start negotiating constructively with firefighters again in order to end this dispute.”

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