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Firefighters set to strike on Christmas Eve

Fire fighters on strike at Chichester.


Picture by Louise Adams C131535-1 Chi Striking Firefighters

Fire fighters on strike at Chichester. Picture by Louise Adams C131535-1 Chi Striking Firefighters

Firefighters are set to strike tonight (Tuesday, December 24) over concerns about their pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union has announced strikes the strikes will take place between 7pm and midnight.

“By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today,” said Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary.

The strikes come as emergency services are busy responding to calls after the stormy weather.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has robust contingency plans in place in the event of a strike.

“However, during any period of industrial action the Service would have fewer resources available and would be prioritising life-threatening incidents such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped.

“You should still dial 999 in an emergency but you can help by reducing the demand on emergency services, especially during industrial action. The message to residents, businesses, and people travelling in West Sussex during any possible strike action is to take extra care.

Firefighters are also set to strike on New Year’s Eve (December 31) from 6.30pm to 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1.

Walk outs are also planned on Friday, January 3.

 

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