More strike action for firefighters over pensions proposals

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Firefighters have announced a further eight-day period of strike action as part of an ongoing battle against proposed changes to pensions by the Government.

Firefighters have already carried out several periods of strike action over the past few months.

Most recently, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) carried out another eight-day period of strikes, which were “well supported” in Spalding.

They also stated that, following the most recent strikes, firefighters would continue industrial action in the form of Action Short of Strike, which means that firefighters would do only what they are contracted to do and that they would not be working any extra hours or doing any overtime.

The latest strikes will take place from Saturday, August 9, to Saturday, August 16, between noon-2pm and 10.59pm and 11.59pm.

Fire brigades across the country are asking the public to follow the ‘Be Safer, Be Slower, Be Vigilant’ routine.

The routine says that the public should continue to call 999 as normal, but should be aware that the calls may be prioritised and they should make sure they have smoke alarms and that they work.

The public should also know what to do in the event of a fire and should share fire safety by talking about it with friends and family.

Bob Machin, union representative for the Spalding Fire Brigade said: “We are really passionate about keeping our pensions as without them there would be such a loss of earnings.

“Obviously, the Government doesn’t like the threat of industrial action but we need to put more pressure on our Fire Minister to help to defend our pensions.

“The strikes will have an effect but they are not as lengthy as our previous strikes.”