Firefighters from Banbury will join others across England and Wales tonight (Friday) as they strike for the fifth and sixth time over its ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.
Members from the Cope Road station will go on strike between 6pm and 10pm, and at the same time tomorrow (Saturday). It will be the fifth and sixth time members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) have taken action against the government’s proposal for their pension plan.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, said: “It’s now been almost two months since the government has been willing to meet for negotiations despite several invitations from us.
“Until they do and until they start to actually resolve the dispute, we’ll keep up the pressure for the sake of public safety and our members’ pensions. No firefighter wants to strike, but we cannot allow the government’s ludicrous proposals - and outright hyprocrisy - to stand.”
Most firefighters already pay about £320 or more a month into their pensions, and from April next year this will rise for the third year in a row. Many also face a fourth consecutive rise of 2.2 per cent expected in 2015.
Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed fire cover will be in place during these two strikes.