Firefighters to strike as pension row continues

Firefighters at Wakefield Fire Station take part in strikes in September
Firefighters at Wakefield Fire Station take part in strikes in September

Firefighters will go on strike for the third time in as many weeks tomorrow.

Crews across Wakefield, Ossett and Normanton will take strike action as the dispute over pensions between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and government continues.

The FBU is fighting against plans to introduce a new pension scheme which includes raising the age of retirement for firefighters from 55 to 60.

The strike action means only half of the usual 54 fire engines used by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be available between 10am and 2pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

The fire service says it has “robust contingency plans” in place to cope, but is reminding people to take extra care.

Assistant chief officer Dave Walton said: “During the three strike periods that have already passed this year our contingency plans have proved effective and we are confident of the strategies that have been put in place for this kind of scenario.

“Tomorrow’s strike action falls during the working day when commercial premises will be in full swing. We therefore ask business owners and workers to be vigilant to reduce the risk of fire and keep themselves safe on the roads.

“The general public can do their bit too by using common sense to prevent accidents and injury.”

Members of the union first took strike action on September 25, and returned to the picket line twice on Friday, November 1, and Monday, November 4.

During the last day of action the service attended 13 incidents and had 30 fire engines in operation.