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Firefighters to stage 12-hour strike today over pensions

Firefighters will stage a 12-hour strike today in the latest of a weekend of action over a long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

Euston fire station in London where firefighters staged a five hour strike in a row over pensions yesterday. Credit: PA

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England and Wales will strike between 2pm today and 2am tomorrow, and between 10am and 3pm tomorrow.

FBU members walked out for five hours yesterday, forcing fire authorities to make alternative arrangements for fire cover.

The Government denied union claims that ministers had drawn up alternative proposals six weeks ago, but had been "sitting" on them ever since.

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Fire Brigade advice during strike action

London Fire Brigade has issued advice to households to protect themselves during the Bank Holiday firefighters' strike.

  • Check your smoke alarm to make sure it works.
  • Take extra care when you are cooking or smoking.
  • Plan your escape route
  • Only dial 999 in a genuine emergency, for example a fire not a pet rescue.
  • Share fire safety tips – talk to friends and family (visit the Brigade's website for advice).

Strike 'damages firefighters' standing with the public'

The decision to take industrial action will "damage firefighters' standing with the public", a Government spokesman has said.

The Department for Communities and Local Government, which is responsible for the fire service, said in a statement:

"The Government is clear that further change can be made through constructive engagement, but not under the shadow of industrial action, which only serves to damage firefighters' standing with the public,"

Firefighters to stage Bank Holiday strike

Firefighters are set to walk out in a dispute over pension arrangements. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Firefighters are staging a strike this weekend in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales will walk out for five hours from noon on May 2, between 2pm and 2am on May 3 and between 10am and 3pm on May 5.

The union says that firefighters face the prospect of being sacked "merely for getting older", along with having to pay increased pension contributions.

FBU: Government is burying head in sand over pensions

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack says the government is "burying its head in the sand" over firefighter pensions. He added the union remains "totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation."

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.

– FBU general secretary Matt Wrack

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Firefighters to strike for 22 hours over three days

Firefighters in England and Wales are to take part in industrial action over pensions next month, the Fire Brigades Union.

Firefighters will strike between noon and 5pm on May 2; between 2pm and 2am on May 3 and on May 4 between 10am and 3pm.

Firefighters in England and Wales have voted to strike for 22 hours over three days. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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

In Scotland there will be a ban on voluntary overtime between noon on May 2 and noon on May 9.

Unions: Bob Crow 'did the best for his members'

The unions Unison and the London region of the Fire Brigades Union have paid tribute to the late RMT union boss Bob Crow:

Firefighters end five-hour strike over pensions row

Firefighters in England and Wales have ended their latest strike in a dispute over pensions.

The Christmas Eve walkout which lasted for five hours ended at midnight.

In Surrey and Kent, firefighters were recalled from striking after the region was hit by heavy flooding.

Further action is set to place in the New Year.

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