Hartlepool and East Durham firefighters set for more strike action

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FIREFIGHTERS in Hartlepool and East Durham will walk out in protest on three consecutive days next month as the row with the Government over pensions continues.

Protesting fire officers will take part in industrial action from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced.

Next month’s strike action will be the latest walkout in a string of protests which started at the end of last year and is due to a bitter row surrounding pension arrangements between the FBU and the Government.

Firefighters will be on strike on Friday, May 2 between noon and 5pm, Saturday, May 3 between 2pm and 2am and Sunday, May 4 from 10am to 3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday, May 4 until noon on Friday, May 9.

Ian Hayton, chief fire officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, previously called for members of the public to volunteer to be temporary firefighters to answer 999 calls previous strike action.

*More on this story and reaction to the announcement will appear in Friday’s Hartlepool Mail.