Firefighters in Leeds will go on strike the day before Bonfire Night in the latest walk-out in a row over pensions.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) today (Monday) announced plans for fresh action on both Friday and Monday.
Members will walk out between 6.30pm and 11pm on Friday and 6am and 8am on Monday.
It is the second strike in a dispute about government plans to raise firefighters’ retirement age to 60. Hundreds of firefighters in West Yorkshire walked out on September 25.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said: “The FBU has been very reasonable, but we are now faced with broken promises and those in power evading their responsibilities.
The Westminster government has created this mess, but it is refusing to clear it up.
It now recognises the problem, but it won’t provide the legal and financial guarantees firefighters need to ensure they have a job and an unreduced pension in the future.
“Firefighters face the sack towards the end of their career and the loss of their pension. That can’t be right.
“The employers promised to tackle the issue of firefighters facing the sack for failing fitness tests last week, only to say they can’t offer any guarantees this week.
“That is simply not the way to run a public service.
“The government is now making threats to withdraw some of the other concessions they have made this year. Their own Williams report shows most firefighters cannot work beyond 55.
“They are trying to bludgeon firefighters into an unworkable pension scheme. We are not prepared to be bullied.
“Firefighters don’t want to go on strike, but we are left with no option when the government and the employers refuse to deal with the problems of their own making.”
Simon Pilling, chief fire officer for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said contingency measures were in place – but called on the public to play their part.
He said: “It is disappointing that further periods of strike action have been announced.
“We are conscious that these next two periods of strike action will take place during the busy firework, bonfire and Diwali period.
“With this in mind, we are asking members of the public to be extra vigilant and careful as a reduced level of emergency response will be inevitable.
“We have contingency plans which will provide an effective, but reduced, service throughout West Yorkshire during the period of strike action.”