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Fresh round of strikes by firefighters

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

People across Lincolnshire are to face more strike action by firefighters in a row over pension rights and changes to the retirement age.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which has about 400 firefighters in Lincolnshire, are to strike on Friday May 2, between noon and 5pm, Saturday May 3, from 2pm until 2am and Sunday May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

The strikes coincide with the Springfields Festival and Tulipmania event, as well as several church flower festivals.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Several members of the 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 futures of firefighters and their families.”

Government Minister Brandon Lewis said: “By calling unnecessary strike action, the FBU has shown that it is not serious about finding a resolution to this dispute.”

 

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