Fire crews join day of strike action

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FIRE crews in South Tyneside will be taking strike action next week, the Fire Brigades’ Union has announced

The long-running dispute over firefighters’ pensions will see a further day of action on Thursday – at the same time as a walk-out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.

The fire service strike will last between 10am and 7pm and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the Government at Westminster is simply not listening.

“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on July 10.

“The fact that this Government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.”

It is estimated as many as two million workers will strike.

The firefighters’ dispute has continued for months as the FBU says firefighters are facing the imposition of a pension that ignores the physical demands of the job they do.

Firefighters were last on strike on June 21.