Firefighters to strike again in pensions fight

Published date: 10 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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NORTH Wales firefighters have announced another round of strikes amid an ongoing pensions row with the government.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will strike between 6pm and 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

It will be the fourth walk-out since the row broke out in September.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer Simon Smith said: “The FBU has chosen to strike at times of the day when the risk to people’s safety is inherently more significant – on a Friday and Saturday evening.

“People are likely to be out socialising and drinking or cooking at home entertaining family and friends.”

Cllr Meirick Lloyd Davies, chairman of North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “While we understand the concerns of staff which have led to their decision to make a protest in this way, we have a duty and an obligation to ensure the provision of services remains as unaffected as reasonably practicable.

“This is a dispute between the FBU and the government in England and Wales over proposed changes to pension arrangements.

“However our number one priority is to ensure public safety.”

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