FBU members stage fresh action in long-running pensions dispute
Firefighters in England and Wales staged fresh strikes yesterday in their long-running dispute with the government over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) walked out at 6.30am – the ninth stoppage since September.
Under the terms of an agreement between the FBU, central government and fire services, strikers return to work if there is a major emergency which might lead to large numbers of people being put at serious risk.
Firefighters in Kent and Surrey worked during a strike on Christmas Eve because of storm-related floods and damage.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “The return of Kent and Surrey firefighters to work on Christmas Eve makes a mockery of claims made by a tiny minority of commentators that striking firefighters are ‘irresponsible.’ “Firefighters do not want to place the public at risk and support on the picket lines…
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