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Firefighters in Beverley to go on strike over pensions

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Firefighters in the East Riding area will take part in further industrial action over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union announced.

The fire crews will strike today between noon and 5pm, Saturday between 2pm and 2am, and Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across the region from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May as part of the national action. Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders, commenting on the impending action, said: “We have confidence in our robust plans that will enable us to provide an emergency response service and those plans proved successful during the last period of strike action. However the service will be reduced from what we can ordinarily provide and what the public expect.”

The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service also urged residents to ensure their homes have smoke detectors and to test them each week.

By having working smoke alarms fitted in your home, you will be alerted quickly should a fire break out.

The service also asked people in the East Riding area to check that all appliances are turned off and close all internal doors. This is a quick and simple task to help make sure a fire doesn’t start when you go to bed. During the last strike in January, CFO Sanders also urged drivers to take extra care on the roads and for businesses to take extra fire precautions. Matt Wrack, the FBU general secretary, said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand. Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families. Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

Negotiations between the FBU and the Department for Communities and Local Government – as well as the devolved governments – have been taking place for three years. Since the last strike on 3 January 2014, both the union and government have undertaken work examining financial, technical and legal issues.

 

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