Firefighters set to stage two more strikes


Derbyshire firefighters are to stage a further two strikes in a dispute over pensions.

And the county’s fire and rescue service are looking to recruit more reservist crews to provide cover during periods of industrial action.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out today (Friday) between 6.30pm and 11pm and on Monday between 6am and 8am after the government failed to offer any firm guarantees for firefighters facing ‘no job and no pension’ because of the changes.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has been very reasonable, but we are now faced with broken promises and those in power evading their responsibilities.

“Firefighters face the sack towards the end of their career and the loss of their pension. That can’t be right.

“Firefighters don’t want to go on strike, but we are left with no option when the government and the employers refuse to deal with the problems of their own making.”

There is currently a core of 32 reserve fire crew and driver/pump operators in Derbyshire but more are now needed.

Anyone interested in becoming a reservist can call the dedicated phone line on 01332 777012 between 8am and 5pm on November 4, 5, and 6.