Firefighters to strike over eight days in August

The BBC reports that firefighters in England and Wales are to strike over eight consecutive days in an ongoing row with the government.

The latest action, from 9 August, will be held over three hours each day during the eight-day period, it said. The union has said “unsafe and unrealistic” proposals will see firefighters working longer and having their pensions cut. The government says the offer is among the most generous in the public sector.

The strikes will take place from 9 August until 16 August, from 12:00-14:00 and 22:59-23:59 BST, the union said. No industrial action would be taken in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where improved pension proposals are being discussed, the union added.

The FBU says union members have already staged walk-outs over 24 days since strikes began in September last year and firefighters have gone on strike for more than 160 hours.