Firefighter strike support 'solid'

Firefighter strike support 'solid'

Firefighter strike support 'solid'

First published in News

Firefighters have continued a series of fresh strikes over a long-running dispute with the Government over pensions, with support for the walkouts said to be "solid".

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales walked out at 2pm and will stay on strike until 2am tomorrow.

A further stoppage will be held between 10am and 3pm tomorrow, following a five-hour strike on Friday.

Fire authorities made alternative arrangements for fire cover, including hiring contractors or using part-time and retained firefighters.

No major incidents were reported during the industrial action.

The union said the strikes were solidly supported, showing the determination of firefighters to continue with their campaign.

The FBU maintains that firefighters are having to pay higher pension contributions, face working into their late 50s before retiring, and could be sacked because their fitness declines as they get older.

A spokesman for the Department of Communities and Local Government said: "The deal on the table gives firefighters one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector, and the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme.

"Nearly three-quarters will see no change in their pension age in 2015."

The Government denied union claims that ministers had drawn up alternative proposals six weeks ago, but had been "sitting" on them ever since.

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11:00pm Sun 4 May 14

comeontheport says...

The government should hang its head in shame at their treatment of firefighters.
The government should hang its head in shame at their treatment of firefighters. comeontheport
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8:47am Mon 5 May 14

Bobevans says...

They are only bringing into line the Fireman's pension with the normal retirement age,. Firemen in the UK will still retire early than most fireman around the world. Most current fireman will see no change to their current retirement age and those that do can still choose to retire at 55 with some reduction to their pension
They are only bringing into line the Fireman's pension with the normal retirement age,. Firemen in the UK will still retire early than most fireman around the world. Most current fireman will see no change to their current retirement age and those that do can still choose to retire at 55 with some reduction to their pension Bobevans
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