Fresh strike being held by firefighters tomorrow

Bucks Fire and Rescue fire engine, Bicester Road, Aylesbury
Bucks Fire and Rescue fire engine, Bicester Road, Aylesbury

The Fire Brigades Union will hold another four hour strike in Bucks tomorrow (Wednesday).

The industrial action over pensions will take place from 10am to 2pm.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service said it has plans in place which enable it to continue to provide cover in the county during the strikes.

Jason Thelwell, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s chief operating officer, said: “We will obviously prioritise emergency calls where lives are at risk, and we will continue to provide as much information as possible to help people avoid having a fire or other emergency – not just during strike periods, but all year round.”

The union staged a four-hour strike on Wednesday September 25, a four-and-a-half-hour strike on Friday November 1 and a two-hour strike on Monday, November 4, and postponed a five-hour strike initially planned for Saturday, October 19.

The government’s fire minister Brandon Lewis condemned the lastest strikes.

He added: “A firefighter who earns £29,000, and retires after a full career aged 60, will get a £19,000 a year pension, rising to £26,000 with the state pension. An equivalent private pension pot would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much.”