Firefighters announce new wave of strikes

Firefighters will be on strike over the Bank Holiday weekend in the latest round of industrial action.

The strikes, which are being held across the UK, are being held on Friday, May 2, between noon and 6pm, Saturday, May 4, from 2pm to 2am and on Sunday, May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

They have been called by the Fire Brigades’ Union amid a dispute over pensions.

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.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

Firefighters in Hastings and across the UK have staged several strikes since September.

The Government wants firefighters to work up to 60 rather than retire at the age of 55, as they currently do.

The Government’s Fire minister Brandon Lewis said the firefighter pension age of 60 will bring their pension age into line with the police and Armed Forces.