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Firemen to strike twice this weekend in pensions fight

People in South Holland and The Deepings face more disruption to fire services after union members voted to stage two strikes at the weekend.

Firemen are to strike this Friday and Saturday, between 6pm and 10pm on both days, as a row with the Government over pension rights drags on.

At least 20 firemen in South Holland are members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) which has called the strike because of plans by the Government to make them beyond the age of 55.

It will be the fifth and sixth strikes to take place since September and Dave Ramscar, chief fire officer for Lincolnshire, said: “The effects of any industrial action will be felt by us here as it is our firefighters who will be taking part.

“Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service has plans in place to provide an emergency service during any periods of disruption but, as at any other time, we would ask people to take care as they go about their daily business.”

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said the latest strikes were the result of the Government “ignoring our members’ concerns” about a proposed pension scheme that he claimed took no account of the “physically demanding job” firemen have.

He added: “Firefighters are being punished for growing older and this is a disgrace.”

 

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