Fire brigade plans festive strike

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

Fire engine at Berwick Fire Station.

Firefighters campaigning against government attacks on their pensions will strike on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

Strikes are on December 24 from 7pm to midnight, December 31 from 6.30pm-12.30am and January 3 from 6.30am to 8.30am.

FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.

“However, there should be no need for industrial action, and it’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.

“The government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months and insist on forcing through proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair.

“By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today.”

As with previous strikes, on the three dates all FBU members in England and Wales will stop work apart from those working in control centres.




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