firefighters to hold New Year's Eve strike today
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to strike later today (New Year's Eve)
the ongoing nationwide industrial action over pensions.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says thousands of firefighters across
the country will walk out for a total of six hours.
latest strike will take place between 6.30pm today (Tuesday, December
31st) and 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1st. A third strike will
be held from 6.30am-8.30am this Friday, January 3rd.
Burnham fire service spokesman said the crew would still be alerted
and would attend incidents where lives are at risk.
& 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 added that the public
should recognise the strikes will have an impact on the service's
Fire Officer for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service,
Lee Howell, said: "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 seven strikes over the
past few months following a row with the Government over pensions.