Firefighters “proud” to strike again

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FIREFIGHTERS are set to go on strike again as they join other public sector workers for a day of action next Thursday.

The Fire Brigades Union FBU says its members will walk out in the long-running row over pensions – less than three weeks after the last strike, on June 21.

The strike, which coincides with that of a range of other public sector workers – will last between 10am and 7pm and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign. The union is also expected to announce further action later this week.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said firefighters are “proud” to strike. “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening,” he said. “We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on July 10.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling urged people to take extra precautions to prevent fires during the strike.

“The service has plans in place to offer a limited response service during industrial action,” he said. “As ever, our appliances are available to attend incidents across the whole of Tyne and Wear and their attendance at incidents will be prioritised according to the risk to life and property.”