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Firefighters blame government for upcoming strike

The Government has been accused of refusing to negotiate with firefighters ahead of a fresh strike over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for 24 hours from 7am tomorrow, forcing brigades across the country to put contingency plans in place.

The union says improvements have been made in Wales, Scotland and Ireland but not England.


'Don't cook while drunk' urges fire brigade during strike

London Fire Brigade is urging any one watching the World Cup to get a takeaway instead of cooking during their 24 hour strike.

There were more than 600 house fires during the South Africa World Cup in 2010, or 20 a day. Most were in the kitchen. London Fire Brigade now wants to discourage football fans from cooking whilst drunk.

Government says deal gives firefighters one of the best pension schemes

The deal on the table gives firefighters one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector, and the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme. Nearly three-quarters will see no change in their pension age in 2015.

– A Communities and Local Government spokesman

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

Brigade: 'Strike had no impact on response to flat blaze'

London Fire Brigade has said that investigations into a death following fire in Hornsey last night indicate its response to the blaze was not impacted by last night's firefighter strike.

Based on early investigations into this death, it is not believed that the strike made any difference to the outcome.

It does not appear that neither the contingency fire crews, nor LFB's own crews had they not bee non strike, would have reached him in time and have successfully rescued him.

– London Fire Brigade spokesperson

The four hour strike was staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) between 6pm and 10pm, the sixth period of industrial action staged by the FBU.

Over the four hour period the Brigade’s 999 control officers received 88 calls including:

  • six dwelling fires, including a fire in a flat above a shop on Fencepiece Road in Ilford and a first floor flat in Millwall
  • two building fires
  • two calls to people shut in lifts, one of whom had been released before crews had arrived
  • four false alarms


Fire Brigade urges takeaway meals during strikes

The London Brigade has urged people to buy takeaway food during the strike if they had been drinking at Christmas events to reduce the threat of kitchen fires.

PA. 17928713 Firefighters strike Members of the Fire Brigades Union approach the gates to Downing Street, London in October. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FBU members have now taken strike action five times in recent months in protest at changes to pensions and their retirement age, which the union argues threatens older firefighters with losing their jobs or having reduced pensions.

The union said firefighters in their late 50s face the prospect of being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by almost half.

Firefighters to strike for second time in two days

Firefighters in England and Wales will strike for the second time in two days as part of their long-running row with the Government over pensions.

Firefighters are to strike again. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will mount picket lines from 6pm to 10pm - with the threat of further action in the new year.It comes just hours after a similar strike ended at 10pm last night.

Fire Brigade: Get a takeaway when we strike

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London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union is on strike.

The service says young, well-educated, professionals cause more than a quarter of all accidental house fires in the capital, often by attempting to cook at home when drunk. This greatly increases the risk of someone having a serious fire which could destroy their home or, even worse, kill them

Brigade figures show:

• Two fires a day happen after Londoners have been drinking.

• One in four people who die in a fire has alcohol in their system.

• Three quarters of alcohol related fires are caused by cooking under the influence.

• Over half of these fires happen because someone has fallen asleep.

Latest strike by firefighters in London comes to an end

The latest strike by firefighters in London is drawing to a close. Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out for four hours from 10am - the fourth stoppage in recent weeks.

Firefighters at Euston Fire station Credit: PA Wire

The union fears firemen and women will lose their jobs if they fail fitness tests as part of changes to the pension age from 55 to 60.

The strike ends at 2pm Credit: PA Wire

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: ""The Government has worsened its proposals which has only hardened attitudes among firefighters. We are determined to dig in for the long haul."

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