FIREFIGHTERS campaigning against government proposals to change their pensions will strike in England and Wales on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) has announced this week.
Industrial action will take place between 7pm and midnight on December 24, 6.30pm on December 31 and 12.30am on January 1, 6.30am and 8.30am on January 3.
The FBU’s 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 the Government just how reliant it is 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.
“By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the Government could end this industrial action today.”
On the three dates all FBU members in England and Wales will stop work apart from those working in control centres.
In addition to these strike periods on Christmas Eve all members in Scotland and those working in control centres across England, Scotland and Wales will refuse to work voluntary overtime.