Firefighters set to stage a fourth strike

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Firefighters have staged a further two strikes in a row over pensions - with another strike date scheduled for next week.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) walked out on Friday night between 6.30pm and 11pm and on Monday morning between 6am and 8am. And a fourth strike has been announced between 10am and 2pm next Wednesday November 13.

The FBU say the strike follows the decision of the government to worsen proposals on firefighter pensions which they claim will leave firefighters facing ‘no job and no pension’.

As well as the new strike date, the union are also balloting for other forms of industrial action.

Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary, said: “Our members enter burning buildings for a living, and will not be intimidated by the government’s decision to worsen their proposals. This latest attack will simply harden the resolve of firefighters.

“Ministers continue to ignore the professional, evidence-based case firefighters have presented over the past three years and refuse to establish an affordable occupational pension scheme which reflects the occupation of firefighting.

“There seems to be little or no understanding of what our members actually do or the standards they are required to meet.

“Although we still hope the government returns to negotiations, our members have told us that they are prepared for a long, hard campaign if necessary.

“The fire and rescue service is totally reliant on the goodwill of firefighters on the front line. Many are now performing additional duties and additional hours as a result of central government funding cuts.”