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Monday, December 16, 2013
Firefighters will go on strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, it has been announced today (Monday).
The latest planned walkouts by members of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) relate to a government dispute over pensions, and follow two strikes on Friday and Saturday.
As well striking between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24, and from 6.30am on Tuesday, December 31, until 12.30am the following day, firefighters will also be walking out between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.
All FBU members in England, Scotland and Wales except those working in control will also be refusing to work voluntary overtime between 7pm on Friday, December 27, and 7pm on Sunday, December 29,
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.”