Firefighters go on strike again

Stirke action
Stirke action

Firefighters will go on strike today as part of a long-running row over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced.

The walkouts will take place on Friday (May 2) between noon and 5pm, Saturday May 3 between 2pm and 2am and Sunday May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

This will mean services will be reduced at local fire stations. The strikes are being carried out across England, Scotland and Wales.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday May 4 until noon on Friday May 9.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.”

He added that “nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation.

Negotiations between the FBU and the Department for Communities and Local Government have been ongoing for three years. The last strike was on January 3.