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Fresh wave of strikes announced by firefighters

Firefighters are strike over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, at the same time as the Springfields Festival and Tulipmania event.

Firefighters are strike over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, at the same time as the Springfields Festival and Tulipmania event.

 

People across South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings are to face more strike action by firefighters in a row over pension and retirement rights.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which includes 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 first-ever Springfields Festival and Tulipmania event, as well as church flower festivals and the Springfields Classic Car Show.

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.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is to put contingency plans in place to cope with the latest industrial action, the tenth, 11th and 12th stoppages within the last eight months.

Communities and Local 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 for its members and stands only to further damage firefighters’ standing with the public.”

 

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