Crawley firefighters have confirmed they will be taking further strike action next week.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union went on strike on Friday November 1 – see our video – andMonday November 4.
Today (Tuesday November 5) the Union announced another strike date for next Wednesday (November 13).
The union is also balloting its members on taking other forms of strike action over the ongoing dispute about pensions and the retirement age.
Crews at Crawley Fire Station will join the strike between 10am and 2pm.
FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: “Our members enter burning buildings for a living, and will not be intimidated by the government’s decision to worsen their proposals. This latest attack will simply harden the resolve of firefighters.
“Ministers continue to ignore the professional, evidence-based case firefighters have presented over the past three years and refuse to establish an affordable occupational pension scheme which reflects the occupation of firefighting.
“There seems to be little or no understanding of what our members actually do or the standards they are required to meet.
“Although we still hope the government returns to negotiations, our members have told us that they are prepared for a long, hard campaign if necessary.
“As a result we are now balloting for further forms of industrial action.
“The fire and rescue service is totally reliant on the goodwill of firefighters on the front line. Many are now performing additional duties and additional hours as a result of central government funding cuts.
“There is precious little goodwill left in view of these attacks and that I am confident that will be reflected in this further vote.
“I urge the government to come back and talk about all the issues in dispute.”