Firefighters to strike tonight and the day before Bonfire Night

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer, Simon Pilling
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer, Simon Pilling

Firefighters will go out on strike the day before Bonfire Night as their row with the government over pensions escalates.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out tonight between 6.30pm and 11pm, and on Monday, November 4 between 6am and 8am.

It is the second strike in a dispute over government plans to raise firefighters’ retirement age from 55 to 60.

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.

“Firefighters face the sack towards the end of their career and the loss of their pension. That can’t be right.

“Firefighters don’t want to go on strike, but we are left with no option when the government and the employers refuse to deal with the problems of their own making.”

During the strikes there will be a reduced service across Wakefield.

Chief fire officer for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Simon Pilling said: “It is disappointing that further periods of strike action have been announced. We are conscious that these next two periods of strike action will take place during the busy firework, bonfire and Diwali period. With this in mind, we are asking members of the public to be extra vigilant and careful as a reduced level of emergency response will be inevitable.”