Firefighters in North West to strike from 6.30pm

Firefighters will walk out on strike from 6.30pm until after midnight tonight in their long running dispute with the government over pensions.

Firefighters on duty over the festive period don’t have much to celebrate this year and tonight’s strikes will remind the government of the service we provide 24 hour a day, 365 days a year, every year of our careers.

Nobody wants these strikes but firefighters remain extremely angry over the prospect of being priced out of their pensions and facing the sack owing to the government’s ludicrous pretence that men and women of 60 can meet the same fitness standards as 20 year olds.

– FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack