Firefighters plan strike action

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WIGAN fire crews are due to take part in strike action next month over a dispute about pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 2 to 4.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.”

The union started a series of strikes late last year and the latest of which took place on January 3.

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said: “By calling unnecessary strike action, the FBU has shown it is not serious about finding a resolution to this dispute for its members and stands only to further damage firefighters’ standing with the public.

“Nearly half will see no change and even firefighters who are not protected will see no change until 2015.”

The FBU members will stage their walkouts for five hours from noon on May 2, between 2pm and 2am on May 3 and between 10am and 3pm on May 5.