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Another EIGHT days of fire strikes planned on top of public sector walkout

Firefighters strike outside Hemel Hempstead's Queensway station. November 13, 2013

Firefighters strike outside Hemel Hempstead's Queensway station. November 13, 2013

 

Firefighters across Dacorum will strike for a further eight consecutive days this month after branding government pensions cuts a ‘vicious’ attack.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union are also due to join council workers and teachers in a walkout next Thursday, which will be the 15th round of industrial action in the firefighters’ campaign.

They will then strike again twice daily from Monday, July 14, to the following Monday, July 21.

The moves come as negotiations with the government fail to reach a resolution.

The union’s general secretary Matt Wrack said this afternoon: “Three years of negotiations have come to nothing because the government is simply unwilling to compromise or even listen to reason despite a huge amount of evidence showing their planned scheme is unworkable.

“Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling amongst firefighters whilst limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives.

“But the government is merely ploughing ahead, forcing firefighters to react.”

Fully trained ‘resilience’ crews will be on hand to attend emergency incidents, and Herts County Council has urged people across the county to take extra care when industrial action is planned.

Council cabinet member for resources and transformation Derrick Ashley said earlier this week he was ‘extremely disappointed’ to learn that firefighters will be joining public sector workers on July 10.

In addition to that walkout, other planned strikes will take place on:

Monday, July 14 from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm

Tuesday, July 15 from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm

Wednesday, July 16 from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm

Thursday, July 17 from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm

Friday, July 18 from 6am to 8am and 11pm to 1am (the following morning)

Saturday, July 19 from 11am to 1pm and 11pm to 1am (the following morning)

Sunday, July 20 from 5pm to 7pm

Monday, July 21 from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm

Click here for fire safety advice and taking extra care during the strikes.

 

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