action by Burnham-On-Sea firefighters called off
planned strike by firefighters due to take place in Burnham-On-Sea
and others of Somerset today (Saturday) has been called off.
of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in the county were due to carry
out industrial action for five hours between 6.30pm and 11.30pm,
as reported here.
action was due to take place in protest at the Governments
plans to increase firefighters pension age to 60 but productive
talks between the two parties has led to the FBU calling off the
FBU said it had been presented with a deal similar to that in
Scotland, whereby firefighters will be able to retire on a full
pension between the ages of 55 and 60 if they are genuinely not
fit enough and another role cannot be found for them.
member of staff who does meet the fitness standards and chooses
to retire early will get a reduced pension.
A final agreement has not yet been reached because negotiations
will need to take place between ministers and individual fire
authorities about how this will be funded.
FBU said 32,000 union members in England and Wales walked out
for four hours when it staged a first round of action on September