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FBU: Strikes due to 'Government refusing to talk'

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.

– Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary

Firefighters to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Firefighters in England and Wales will stage fresh strikes on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and January 3 in their long-running row with the Government over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union announced today.

Firefighters at Euston Fire station in London during the last strike. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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Fire service needs to be 'transformed'

The fire and rescue service in England needs to be "transformed" to become more efficient, according to an independent report commissioned by the Government.

Sir Ken Knight, the former chief fire and rescue adviser behind the review, believes that a 40 per cent drop in incidents over the last decade means the service needs to adapt.

But the Fire Brigades Union said his recommendations are a cover for more cuts.

Tom Savvides reports:

Fire service review a 'good news story'

Sir Ken Knight, former chief Fire and Rescue adviser for England who carried out an independent report on the services, told ITV's Daybreak that his review was a "good news story."

Sir Ken Knight speaking on ITV's Daybreak. Credit: ITV Daybreak

He said: "Why is it that one fire service can cost twice as much as another, even though if, per head of population ... it's in a very similar area?

"If those above the average cost just as much as the average, which provide really good fire services, there is £200 million to be saved.

"So it's right that these questions are asked, and that it's answered and debated by the fire and rescue service leaders themselves."

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