Firefighters’ union announces second strike over pensions

Firefighters to strike again
Firefighters to strike again

THE firefighters’ union has announced a second strike in its ongoing dispute over pensions.

The Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) says industrial action will take place on Saturday, October 19, from 6.30pm-11.30pm.

Brigade chiefs say they are disappointed that the row between the FBU and Government has not yet been resolved.

Should the walkout go ahead, it will be the second strike date in the national dispute, following the first which took place for four hours on September 25.

Fire chiefs anticipate this period will be more challenging as higher volumes of calls are usually received on Saturday nights.

Both the Cleveland and Durham and Darlington brigades say they have robust plans to cope during the period.

Durham and Darlington’s chief fire officer Stuart Errington said: “We are disappointed that discussions between the FBU and Government have failed to lead to a settlement.

“This second strike date could potentially be more of a challenge for all fire services across the country as higher volumes of calls are usually received on Saturday evenings as compared to Wednesday afternoons, when the first strike took place.

“The plans we have in place will ensure that, should this strike go ahead, people in County Durham and Darlington can still receive a professional response in the event of a fire or other emergency.”

Residents are being urged to take extra care to reduce the risk of fire, including making sure smoke alarms are working.