Eight days of strike action by firefighters

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Derbyshire firefighters are to strike today (Thursday) and for the next four days in a long-running dispute over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are partway through eight consecutive days of industrial action, in response to planned changes to firefighter pensions which they say are “unworkable”, “unrealistic” and “nothing short of a vicious attack”.

Firefighters will walk out from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm today (Thursday); from 6am to 8am tomorrow (Friday) and 11pm Friday to 1am on Saturday; from 11am to 1pm on Saturday and from 11pm Saturday to 1pm on Sunday; from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday and from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm on Monday.

The FBU say the changes would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures - and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.

“Three years of negotiations have come to nothing because the government is simply unwilling to compromise or even listen to reason despite a huge amount of evidence showing their planned scheme is unworkable.”