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Notts & Derbys: Firefighters announce eight consecutive days of strikes this month

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The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced that its members will take action across eight consecutive days this month.

Members in Notts and Derbyshire are likely to be part of the action, which is escalating as the row between the FBU and the Government over pensions and retirement benefits rumbles on.

Firefighters are already taking strike action this Thursday (10th July), alongside members of UNISON.

And now further strike action will start on Monday, 14th July and will go on until Monday, 22nd July.

There will generally be two hours of strike action each day between 6am and 8am and 5pm to 7pm each day, apart from Friday, 18th July when the later action will be from 11pm to 1am.

On Saturday, 19th July, the strike periods will be between 11am and 1pm and then again from 11pm to 1am.

On Sunday, 20th July, there will be just one period of strike action from 5pm to 7pm.

Matt Wrack, of the FBU, said: “Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling amongst firefighters whilst limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives.”

But Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP said the union kept ‘disrupting a taxpayer-funded service with unnecessary industrial action.”

As in previous strike periods, the FBU have urged members of the public to stay safe but if they do have a 999 emergency situation, the fire service will respond.

 

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