Firefighters set to strike twice in the lead up to Guy Fawkes Night

Firefighters are set to strike on Friday and Monday

Firefighters are set to strike on Friday and Monday - Credit: Archant

Firefighters are set to walk out twice in the lead up to Guy Fawkes Night.

The dispute over pensions has reignited and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called for its members to strike on Friday and Monday.

Firefighters will walk out between 6.30pm and 11pm during the first strike and from 6am to 8am for the second on Monday, the day before Bonfire Night.

Last weekend the FBU postponed a five hour strike.

Hertfordshire County Council has urged residents to take care during the strikes.

Councillor Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety and planning, said: “We are disappointed that further strike action has been announced and it is important that people are vigilant and take extra care during the Fire Brigades Union strike.

“In the event of a fire you should still get out, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.”

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Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has been very reasonable, but we are now faced with broken promises and those in power evading their responsibilities.

“The Government has created this mess, but it is refusing to clear it up. It now recognises the problem, but it won’t provide the legal and financial guarantees firefighters need to ensure they have a job and an unreduced pension in the future.”

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