Sunderland fire fighters to stage Christmas and New Year strikes

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SUNDERLAND firefighters will strike on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

The action, being threatened over a pensions dispute, will take place between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24, and 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve until 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1.

Firefighters will also be taking strike action on Friday, January 3, from 6.30am until 8.30am. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack, said: “There should be no need for industrial action.

“It’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.

“The Government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months.

“By simply conceding common sense, they could end this industrial action today.”