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Monday, 01 September 2014

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More fire service strikes to take place across UK

FIREFIGHTERS in England, Wales and Scotland are preparing to strike again next month, saying the government “ignore issues that threaten the lives of firefighters and their families”.

The strikes have been called after the government refused to compromise on pensions.

The Fire Brigade’s Union announced that the strikes would take place for England and Wales on May 2, between 12 and 5pm, May 3, between 2pm and 2am, and May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on May 4 until 12 on May 9.

Scotland will have the same ban between May 2, at 12, and May 9, also at 12.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “ “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

In August last year, 78 per cent of firefighters voted in favour of strike action.

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