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Lancashire fire crews to stage walk out in row over pensions

Strike threat: Firefighters from Preston fire station at an earlier strike

Strike threat: Firefighters from Preston fire station at an earlier strike

Firefighters across Lancashire have announced two more dates for strike action in a row over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will go on strike on Friday December 13 between 6pm and 10pm and again on Saturday December 14 between the same hours.

Fire bosses say they have enough staff to maintain emergency cover during the strikes but they are urging the public to be extra vigilant.

Steve Harman, Fire Brigades Union secretary for Lancashire said: “The firefighters in Lancashire will continue to fight for a fair pension until this government listens to us.

“We know these proposals are unsustainable, they are putting the whole pensions scheme at risk.

“Until this government sees sense we will continue to take action.”

Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny said: “This is a national dispute between the FBU and Government and is not a dispute between Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) and our firefighters.”

“We do have a significant number of our staff who have given a commitment to maintain emergency cover and as a result the public can be reassured that the Service plan to keep the majority of fire engines in Lancashire operational during the dispute period. We would urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant however and be aware that for minor fires in particular, there may be a longer wait for a fire engine. I ask the public to take extra care to prevent a fire happening and encourage them to access the website we have set up to offer advice on how to do that at www.takeextracare.com.”

“The focus for the Service in the short term will be on providing the best service possible with the resources available. In the longer term the challenge will be in bringing our workforce together after the dispute to re-establish the most professional service possible.”

“Even at this late stage I sincerely hope that Government and FBU will soon arrive at a negotiated settlement and we have written to the Government to urge progress.”

Fire-fighters in the county have walked out on a number of occasions in recent weeks, including on the run up to bonfire night.

 

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