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Firefighters step up industrial action

Firefighters are set for a wave of strike action this month.

Firefighters are set for a wave of strike action this month.

Strike action by firefighters angry over losing their pension and retirement rights is to increase this month.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales are staging a nine-hour strike on Thursday from 10am until 7pm.

But on Friday, the FBU announced it was to strike on eight consecutive days between Monday July 14 and Monday July 21 for up to four hours on each day.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling amongst firefighters whilst limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives.”

Firefighters argue that the Government is forcing them to work until the age of 60, despite independent evidence that many will fail to meet the necessary physical fitness requirements.

Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Plans are in place to ensure that we continue to provide aan emergency response within the county.”

 

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