Firefighters and police 999 call handlers to strike on New Year's Eve
Members of the Fire Brigade Union and Public and Commercial Services union are both staging walkouts
Firefighters and police staff including 999 call handlers are set to strike on New Year’s Eve, in England and Wales.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members will stop working for six hours from 6.30pm, while around 7,500 civilian police workers in London will stop working for 24 hours in a row over pay.
The industrial action on the 31 December will be the eighth strike by the members of the FBU since September in a row over pensions and the retirement age.
The union said the current storms and floods had highlighted the valuable and wide-ranging job firefighters do. A further strike is being held for two hours from 6.30am on Friday.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Firefighters on duty over the festive period don't have much to celebrate this year and tomorrow's strike will remind the government of the service we provide 24 hour a day, 365 days a year, every year of our careers.
“Nobody wants these strikes but firefighters remain extremely angry over the prospect of being priced out of their pensions and facing the sack owing to the Government's ludicrous pretence that men and women of 60 can meet the same fitness standards as 20-year-olds.
The Government said firefighters will still receive generous pensions and has criticised the strikes.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union called the London strike in protest at a below-inflation 1 per cent rise
Police and community support officers, detention officers in custody suites and a range of administration and professional support staff will also take action alongside emergency call handlers.
PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The Metropolitan Police is not short of money. It does not need to force pay cuts on low-paid staff who help to keep London safe.”
A Metropolitan Police (MPS) spokesman assured the public that “ tried-and-tested” plans are in place for “all eventualities, including industrial action” over New Year's Eve.
He added: “These ensure that critical functions performed by police staff are performed by police officers who are fully trained in those roles.
"To ensure we are able to implement these plans, we stopped granting any further requests for annual leave or days off for officers and staff in a number of key areas for New Year's Eve in mid-December.
“In some cases we've also had to take the very difficult decision to cancel planned days off for officers with certain critical skills or in critical operational areas.”
Additional reporting by PA.
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Details emerge of two young Iranians using stolen passports in search for a better life
Three-quarters of Britons are saying it wrong - the top ten most common mispronunciations
Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete's friend asked him if 'he was f***ing mad' after shooting through sunroof
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Joanna Lumley’s garden bridge over the Thames gets £30m seal of approval from Government
- 5 Ian Wright breaks down in ITV documentary charting his rise to England and Arsenal striker
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: One of the largest mobile advert...
£20000 - £23000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client specialises in creati...
£30000 - £50000 per annum + Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Private Cli...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: Residential...