Firefighter strikes to affect Northamptonshire next month

Fire engine
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Fire stations across Northampton will be affected when firefighters go on a national strike next month after the Government refused to compromise on pension increases.

The decision to take industrial action was made by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) at a Westminster meeting in which they accused the Government of “burying its head in the sand” over pension scheme negotiations.

The debate continues on from the 2013 strikes but the Government has imposed three increases on firefighters’ pension contributions, taking them to 14.2 per cent of most firefighters’ salaries.

Proposals for a possible fourth increase are underway.

FBU executives voted for unanimously for industrial action after the fire minister, Brandon Lewis, failed to meet an ultimatum from the FBU to offer alternative proposals.

As a result, fire services across England and Wales will go on strike on May 2 from noon to 5pm, May 3 from 2pm to 2am, and May 4 from 10am-3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime from 3pm on Sunday, May 4 until noon on Friday, May 9.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are holding planning meetings to ensure the strikes have minimal impact on safety but are again advising the public to be extra careful.