Suffolk: Firefighters to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Crews have extinguished a microwave fire

Crews have extinguished a microwave fire - Credit: Archant

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

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.”