Strikes should cause minimal disruption

The Fire Brigades Union is leading a campaign of strike aaction over an ongoing dispute with the Government over firefighters' pensions. NNL-141013-124114001

The Fire Brigades Union is leading a campaign of strike aaction over an ongoing dispute with the Government over firefighters' pensions. NNL-141013-124114001

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Residents in South Holland are being reassured that there will be minimal disruption during strikes by fire and police staff.

Last week, police staff voted to strike in a row over pay. Police community support officers (PCSOs) and 999 call handlers were among the staff who voted for the action.

The unions involved want a three per cent increase in wages, but no date has been set for the strikes yet.

However, residents are being reassured that during the strike by civilian staff, they will be able to go along to Spalding police station as normal.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “Visitors to Spalding police station are dealt with by Town Enquiry Office (TEO) staff in the first instance and then referred to a police officer if required.

“TEO staff are employed by G4S, and as the strike does not involve G4S staff so there should not be any effect on the Town Enquiry Office.

“Police officers are also not involved in the proposed action so unless a visitor to Spalding police station needed to see a PCSO, they may not be affected.”

Today, firefighters across the country are staging a 24-hour strike as part of a row with the government over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union gneral secretary, Matt Wrack, said:”Firefighters in England are reluctantly calling further strike action as a direct result of the Westminster government’s failure to listen and negotiate over pensions.

“Firefighters will fight for however long it takes to secure a fair pensions deal – this dispute will no end as long as regulations remain unchanged.”