Firefighters to strike for eight days over ‘vicious’ pension cuts

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FIREFIGHTERS are set to strike on eight consecutive days over the government’s “vicious” pension attacks

Firefighters have been involved in a long-running feud with Whitehall chiefs, saying that the current proposals by government are unacceptable, unworkable, unrealistic and nothing short of a “vicious“ attack on firefighters’ pensions.

Several strikes have taken place in recent months, but unions are hoping the plans for eight days of action will make an impact.

The Fire Brigades Union has been in negotiations with the government for three years in an attempt to avoid the implementation of proposals that they say would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures — and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.

“We have tried every route available to us to make the government see sense.

“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.”

Starting on Monday, July 14, strikes will take place between 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm on the Monday to Thursday, then on Friday, July 18, crews will walk out between 6am-8am and 11pm-1am.

On Saturday, July 19, strikes will take place from 11am-1pm and then 11pm-1am, then on the following day there will be no cover from 5pm-7pm.

The last walkouts are scheduled to take place from 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm on Monday, July 21.