Firefighters, university lecturers and ambulance workers in Northamptonshire are all expected to go on strike in the next two months.
Following a four-hour strike on September 25, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced there will be a five-hour strike on Saturday between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
The industrial action is due to a nationwide dispute between the FBU and the Government over changes to pensions.
Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson has reassured people in the county that the fire service will still be able to attend emergencies.
But Mr Emberson has asked members of the public to help reduce fire risks before the strike by checking their smoke alarms and taking extra care while driving.
He said: “If we all do what we can to minimise accidents and preventable fires then we will be working together to keep Northamptonshire safer at all times and in particularly during the proposed industrial action.”
Meanwhile, East Midlands ambulance workers could strike in December unless there is progress in discussions over cuts to sick pay.
Members of the GMB union are set to vote on whether to take strike action over 25 per cent cuts to sick pay for 35,000 ambulance workers in England from September 1.
A spokesman for the GMB said: “We have been given authority to take industrial action and now our members need to vote to say if they want to go ahead with a strike. That will take up the next six weeks so if we are going to strike it would be in the middle of December. That means there is time for us to into negotiations because we would rather do that and solve the problem that way than strike.”
The GMB union’s central executive council were given permission to hold the strike ballot following a meeting on Tuesday.
University lecturers at the University of Northampton are going on strike at the end of the month in a row over pay.
The University and College Union (UCU), Unison and Unite trade unions announced yesterday their members working in higher education will walk out on Thursday, October 31.
The industrial action is being taken because staff have been offered a pay rise of one per cent this year, which, the union has said, means they have had a pay cut of 13 per cent since 2008, taking into account inflation.
Jon Richards, a spokesman for Unison, said: “Our members are upset and angry – this measly one per cent offer is simply not good enough.
“The work of support staff is essential for the smooth running of universities and they play a vital role supporting students, but many are struggling to survive on low pay.
“The gap between prices and pay has widened since this government came to power and trying to feed a family and heat a home is a daily worry. The fact that staff are willing to take strike action shows how desperate they feel. The employers should take note and come back with a more realistic offer.”
Michael MacNeil, UCU spokesman, said: “Staff have suffered year-on-year cuts in the value of their pay. Quite simply, enough is enough. We urge the employers to reflect on the fact that they are about to face their first ever strike by three unions at the same time and come to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.”
Meanwhile, Royal Mail workers have voted to go on national 24-hour strike on November 4.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it is holding the strike to protect workers’ terms and conditions at the privatised Royal Mail, but was hoping to agree a settlement in the next two weeks which would avert the strike.
If the strike goes ahead it would be the first national industrial action at Royal Mail in almost four years.