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Barking and Dagenham firefighters on strike as bonfire weekend kicks off

PUBLISHED: 18:12 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 19:04 31 October 2014

Today's action comes on the eve of a scrap yard in Perry Road, at the junction with Chequers Lane, Dagenham, that led to striking firefighters being recalled to duty (picture: Ian Wall)

Today's action comes on the eve of a scrap yard in Perry Road, at the junction with Chequers Lane, Dagenham, that led to striking firefighters being recalled to duty (picture: Ian Wall)

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Update: Firefighters in Barking and Dagenham are now on strike, with action set to extend over bonfire weekend, as part of a long-running dispute with the government over pension reforms.

Firefighters taking industrial action at Barking fire station, in Alfreds Way, in a previous strike over the same pension dispute. L-R: Tim Bowen, Chris Wilson, Wayne Hughes and Jason OliffFirefighters taking industrial action at Barking fire station, in Alfreds Way, in a previous strike over the same pension dispute. L-R: Tim Bowen, Chris Wilson, Wayne Hughes and Jason Oliff

It comes on the eve of the first anniversary of a scrap fire in Dagenham that was controversially declared a “major incident” and led to striking fire crews being recalled to duty – a decision that was later questioned by the Fire Brigades Union.

Members of the union walked out at 6pm and are set to be off-duty until the same time on Tuesday.

It is the 47th strike over changes to pensions and takes place in the run up to bonfire night, a traditionally busy period for firefighters as the nation celebrates with firework displays.

A fire contingency service will be in operation during the planned strike, but the London Fire Brigade is urging the public to be careful.

They encourage people to attend organised displays rather than holding their own. If you are planning on holding a private display the brigade offers safety advice for fireworks and bonfires.


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