FIREFIGHTERS in England and Wales will strike on eight consecutive days this month it was revealed today.

The strikes will take place on the following dates:

Monday 14 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Tuesday 15 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Wednesday 16 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Thursday 17 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Friday 18 July: 6am–8am and 11am–1pm on
Saturday 19 July: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1pm on
Sunday 20 July Sunday 20 July: 7pm–9pm
Monday 21 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

The Fire Brigades Union say they have been in negotiations with the government for three years in an attempt to avoid the implementation of proposals that they say would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures — and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.