02:17AM, Friday 04 July 2014
Firefighters in England and Wales are to strike for eight consecutive days later this month, it has been announced.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has revealed it will hold a series of strikes, starting on Monday, July 14, as part of its ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions and working conditions.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said previous, shorter strikes, had 'illustrated the strength of feeling amongst firefighters' and added: "But the government is merely ploughing ahead, forcing firefighters to react."
Strikes will take place at the following times:
-Monday, July 14: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
-Tuesday, July 15: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
-Wednesday, July 16: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
-Thursday, July 17: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
-Friday, July 18: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am on Saturday, July 19
-Saturday, July 19: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday, July 20
-Sunday, July 20: 5pm–7pm
-Monday, July 21: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Firefighters are also due to strike on Thursday, July 10 — the 15th in their campaign — alongside local government workers, teachers and civil servants, who are campaigning over a range of issues, including changes to pay, pensions and workload.
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