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Firefighters holding more strikes in pensions battle

Published date: 02 August 2014 |
Published by: Free Press Reporter
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FIREFIGHTERS will down tools over another eight-day period of strikes in their fight to war over pensions.

The walkouts across England and Wales will take place between Saturday, August 9 and Saturday, August 16 between noon and 2pm and 10.59pm and 11.59pm each day.

Unions are striking against proposals to see firefighters working until they age of 60, which officials have described as “unworkable”.

It will be the second eight-day round of strikes. The first eight-day period of action ended on July 21.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack said: “It’s absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means firefighters will have to rescue people from fires up to age 60.

“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

“We know it, and the public know it, but the government will not listen to the evidence-based case we have made.”

No industrial action is being taken in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Sean Starbuck, FBU national officer, added: “It’s extremely disappointing we’ve had to issue more strike dates but the government is simply not listening.

“We have a new Fire Minister but to date she doesn’t appear to have listened to our case.

“The government still has an opportunity to improve their offer which could avoid the need for action.”

Earlier strikes have seen fire crews picketing outside stations.

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