Firefighters vote to strike

Firefighters vote to strike over government’s ‘unworkable’ pension scheme proposals


Firefighters have voted to strike against the government’s ‘unworkable’ pension scheme proposals that could lead to thousands facing the sack simply for getting older.

78% (18,277) voted in favour of national strike action in ballot results released today.

FBU members decided to ballot after almost two years of negotiations when government in Westminster set a 12 July deadline for their proposals to be accepted — or face imposition of the changes.FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “We cannot expect large numbers of firefighters in their late-50s to fight fires and rescue families without creating danger to the public and firefighters.

“We have repeatedly raised safety concerns and provided strong evidence to back it up but the government just isn’t listening.

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