Firefighters to strike again on Christmas Eve

Firefighters in Northumberland will strike on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as part of national action, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced.

A number of recent strikes over pensions, including last Friday and Saturdayare part of the ongoing dispute between the FBU and the Government over reform of the firefighters’ pension scheme.

The forthcoming strikes will take place between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24, 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31, and 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1, and 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

FBU general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has plans in place to provide an emergency service during any period of strike action and will be putting these into action again. The service stresses however that it will not be business as usual.

Residents are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves and their homes from the risks of fire and other emergencies and the service has already written to businesses in the county to help them to minimise the risk from fire.

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