Posted: Tue 24th Dec 2013

Deeside firefighters expected to strike from 7pm Christmas Eve

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Dec 24th, 2013

Firefighters in Deeside will join other colleagues in Wales and England and walk out on strike between 7pm and midnight tonight (Christmas Eve) in their long running dispute with the government over pensions.

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The strike will mean a reduction in the resources that the fire and rescue service has at its disposal and, as a consequence, the Service will not be able to provide the same high level of response to fires and other emergencies that it normally would. The priority will be to respond to life critical incidents.  

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has arrangements in place to continue to provide a service during strike action” but warned that, “because of the circumstances, services may be limited. 

The Service’s business continuity arrangements will ensure a speedy and safe return to normal services on conclusion of any period of industrial action. 

FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said:
“Firefighters on duty over the festive period don’t have much to celebrate this year and tonight’s strikes will remind the government of the service we provide 24 hour a day, 365 days a year, every year of our careers.
 
“Nobody wants these strikes but firefighters remain extremely angry over the prospect of being priced out of their pensions and facing the sack owing to the government’s ludicrous pretence that men and women of 60 can meet the same fitness standards as 20 year olds.
 
“The government at Westminster has acknowledged our concerns but not done anything to seriously address them, so we welcome the chance to meet the government and hope this afternoon’s meeting provides a genuine dialogue.”
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