Fire strike for New Year Eve

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Firefighters are set to strike on New Year’s Eve, after a national ballot against pension changes.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members will take strike action on Tuesday, 31 December 31, from 6.30pm until Wednesday, January 1, at 3am.

They will also strike on Friday, January 3, from 6.30am to 8.30am.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) says it will provide an emergency response service at a reduced level, and is calling for people to take extra care. Strike action was also taken on Christmas Eve.

Area manager Gavin Tomlinson said: “Once again we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home and to take extra care when driving on the roads during this time.”

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “The government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months and insist on forcing through proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair.”

The union claims that the government’s proposed changes to their pensions are “designed to fail” because they ignore the physical demands and fitness standards required by the job.