The Fire Brigades’ Union has announced plans for firefighters to strike for eight consecutive days this month as the dispute over pensions continues.
The strikes will take place on the following dates and times:
- Monday 14 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Tuesday 15 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Wednesday 16 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Thursday 17 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
- Friday 18 July: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am on Saturday 19 July
- Saturday 19 July: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday 20 July
- Sunday 20 July: 5pm–7pm
- Monday 21 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
It had already been announced that firefighters would take part in strike action between 10-15 July alongside local government workers, teachers and civil servants, who are campaigning over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.
The FBU has been negotiating with the government for more than three years over the decision to increase the retirement age for firefighters to 60. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: ‘We have tried every route available to us to make the government see sense over their attacks.
‘Three years of negotiations have come to nothing because the government is simply unwilling to compromise or even listen to reason despite a huge amount of evidence showing their planned scheme is unworkable.
‘Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling amongst firefighters while limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives. But the government is merely ploughing ahead, forcing firefighters to react.’