Firefighters to stage three further strikes


Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in a row over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), who walked out at the weekend, are to hold a further three strikes after failing to reach an agreement with the government over major changes to firefighter pensions.

The latest strike dates are the seventh, eighth and nine since September and will take place between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday December 24; 6.30pm on Tuesday December 31 and 12.30am on Wednesday January 1 and 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday January 3.

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.”

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to provide an emergency response during the strikes, but at a reduced level.