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Firefighters get set to strike for eight days in a row

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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FIREFIGHTERS in Burton and South Derbyshire are set to strike on eight consecutive days this month in a row over planned changes to their pensions.

Fire crews will head behind the picket line from Monday, July 14 to Monday, July 21.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) 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 and working longer.

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 over their attacks.”

On Monday, July 14 to Thursday, July 17, fire crews will strike from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm

On Friday, July 18, they will strike from 6am to 8am and 11pm to 1am.

On Saturday, July 19, they will strike from 11am to 1pm and 11pm to 1am.

They will strike from 5pm to 7pm on Sunday and 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm on the final Monday.

Firefighters are already set to head out on strike next Thursday alongside teachers, school workers and council staff from across the country.

Fire bosses are urging people to stay ‘extra safe’ during the strikes.

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