FIREFIGHTERS in Burton and South Derbyshire will strike on one of their busiest days of the year after signs of progress between unions and the Government stalled.
Workers have promised to walk out on November 4, the day before Bonfire Night, between 6am and 8am as well as a four-and-a-half hour strike on November 1.
Action scheduled for October 19 was called off at the eleventh hour after unions said they were satisfied talks with the Government over changes to the retirement age were starting to progress.
But just a week on, the unions are again unhappy and it remains to be seen whether the threat to strike in the build up to November 5 will force the Government into action.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “The Government has created this mess, but it is refusing to clear it up.
“It now recognises the problem but it won’t provide the legal and financial guarantees firefighters need to ensure they have a job and an unreduced pension in the future.”