Fire strikes over the Christmas break

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FIREFIGHTERS will strike on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and New Years Day, as part of a dispute with the government over pensions.

The Fire Brigade Union’s (FBU) general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “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.”

Strikes will take place between:

- between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24;

- between 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31 and 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1;

- between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

As with previous strikes, on the three dates all FBU members in England and Wales will stop work apart from those working in control centres.

These strikes are the seventh, eighth and ninth to take place in the dispute.