Firefighters set for strike

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FIREFIGHTERS have announced they will stage a series of fresh strikes during the next bank holiday as part of their dispute with the Government over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union has said the action will take place over five hours from noon next Friday, 12 hours from 2pm on the Saturday and from 10am to 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday, May 4, until noon on Friday, May 9.

The union has also claimed the Coalition is “burying its head in the sand” over the issues, but has said it is “totally committed” to resolving the issues through negotiations.

Members have already staged a series of strikes last year in protest at plans for a later retirement age and changes to pensions, but further action was put on hold while talks were held.

Since the last strike in January, talks have been held in a bid to break the deadlock, while the union has met with Acas and outlined its “frustration” at lack of progress.

The union wrote to the Government setting a deadline of yesterday for an improved offer, with the FBU’s executive then unanimously deciding to call more strikes.