firefighters to hold Christmas Eve strike today
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike later today (Christmas Eve)
in a nationwide strike over pensions.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says thousands of firefighters across
the country will walk out for a total of 14 hours over the Christmas
strikes will take place between 7pm and midnight today (Tuesday,
December 24th), then between 6.30pm on Tuesday December 31st and
12.30am on Wednesday January 1st. A third strike will be held
from 6.30am-8.30am on Friday January 3rd.
Burnham fire service spokesman said the crew would still be alerted
and would attend incidents where lives are at risk.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says it has substantial
contingency plans in place to ensure that it will continue to
respond to emergency incidents, however it says the public should
recognise the strikes will have an impact on the service's normal
Fire Officer for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service,
Lee Howell, added: "Fire and Rescue Services have contingency
plans and ours will again be put into place ahead of these dates
for industrial action over the festive period. Our plans have
worked well during the previous periods of action, but we are
asking the public to help us again by taking extra care during
the festive period. We will continue to respond to 999 calls and
do everything we can to keep the public safe."
industrial action comes after a previous six strikes over the
past few months following a row with the Government over pensions.