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Firefighters decide on 24-hour strike

Firefighters are to occupy the picket lines this Thursday and on Saturday June 21 in an ongoing row over pensions and retirement conditions.  EMN-140605-151805001

Firefighters are to occupy the picket lines this Thursday and on Saturday June 21 in an ongoing row over pensions and retirement conditions. EMN-140605-151805001

Homes and businesses in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings will face more strike action by firefighters as their row with the Government over pensions continues.

The first 24-hour strike in the current round of industrial action has been announced by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) to take place on Thursday from 9am.

It is the 13th strike announced by the FBU since September and it will backed up by another stoppage on Saturday June 21 between 10am and 5pm.

Firefighters also voted not to work any voluntary overtime on both strike days in protest at plans by the Government to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60 and force firefghters to pay up to 14 per cent of their salary into a pensions pot over the next two years.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Concerns over these unworkable proposals remain as valid and as grave as ever but the Government has ignored all the evidence, including its own report published in December 2013 which found that large numbers of firefighters would be unable to maintain operational fitness until the age of 60.

“Strike action is, as ever, a difficult decision for us to take but the only way to resolve this unnecessary and costly disput is for the government to start listening to reason.”

 

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