Sunderland firefighters stage fourth strike

Striking firefighters at Sunderland Central Fire Station.
Striking firefighters at Sunderland Central Fire Station.
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SUNDERLAND escaped unscathed as firefighters held their fourth bout of strike action yesterday.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) walked out of work between 10am and 2pm in a dispute over pensions.

FBU secretary Andy Noble said: “We want the Government to draft a bona fide occupational pension scheme that meets the demands of the occupation.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Tom Capeling, said: “Trained officers and staff recruited and trained in recent weeks provided our reduced response.” During the strike period, the service received 12 calls, attending eight incidents – including five false alarms, a grill pan fire and a road traffic accident.

Yesterday’s action follows previous strikes in recent weeks.