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The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced three further strike dates.
Its members will be taking industrial action again on:
These will be the 10th, 11th, and 12th FBU strikes since September last year.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said:
“Today’s announcement from the FBU for fresh strike action is regrettable. In London we will of course have contingency arrangements in place but just as before we will be asking people to take extra care to prevent fires from starting. We will be doing all we can to remind them to take care when cooking, to make sure cigarettes are disposed of properly and to check their smoke alarms are working, especially over the bank holiday period.
“I very much hope that the government and FBU are able to resolve this dispute soon in order that the Brigade can return to business as usual.”
During the strikes the 27 engines will be deployed at strategic locations across London and will be used to provide fire cover for the capital. The contingency fire service is provided by a contractor and is not intended to replicate the Brigade’s normal operational cover arrangements. The contractor will provide basic firefighting and some rescue work.
The strike action relates to a dispute between the FBU and government over the government’s reforms to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.
In the lead up to the strike action, the Brigade is asking people to take steps to prevent fires in the home during the industrial action. These include:
Notes to editors
During the strike contingency fire crews will attend:
During the strike contingency firefighters may not be able to attend: