Firefighters in Suffolk are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, it has been announced.

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The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced a new set of dates as its row with the government over pensions continues.

Firefighters are due to strike between 7pm-midnight on December 24, 6.30pm-12.30am on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. A further walkout has been arranged for between 6.30am-8.30am on January 3.

Mark Hardingham. chief fire officer at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As with the previous six strikes we will be implementing our contingency arrangements to deliver a reduced service over the strike periods.

“Our aim is to continue to protect the people who live, work and visit Suffolk.

“I very much hope that the government and FBU are able to resolve this dispute soon in order that the service can return to business as usual.”

FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “It is absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.”

3 comments

  • Terence, I agree with your sentiments but what choice do they have? It is totally unreasonable to expect Firemen to maintain their fitness and do the job they do at 60. But then again perhaps Poppy's Dad might volunteer to do their job as well as the IBC refuse workers jobs that he appears to think is easy.

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    IMP

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • its the same old story we are doing this to protect the service and the safety of the public ill tell you what let them do my job at £6.31 an hour with no sitting around best part of the day no pension at end of my time at 65 , and ill do theirs ,bet they would not change

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    pandy

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

  • fire fighters you are only hurting your own familys and the public.the pay bodies just sit back and take the pee.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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