firefighters set to join four-day strike from Halloween
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join a nationwide strike for four
days from 31st October in a row over pensions, the Fire Brigades
members in England will walk out from 6pm, with the strike ending
on the evening before Guy Fawkes Night.
FBU has accused the government of refusing to put forward any
new offer despite two months of talks.
Minister Penny Mordaunt said the strike action was "completely
unnecessary" and damaged the fire and rescue service's "good
officials say that under the government's proposals, firefighters
will have to work until they are 60 instead of 55, pay more into
their pensions and get less in retirement.
general secretary Matt Wrack said: "Firefighters are incandescent
following two months of negotiations which have led to no new
"Firefighters will not stand by and see our members' pension
rights destroyed by a government which does not give a damn about
the safety or wellbeing of firefighters or the long term."
public do not want 60-year-olds tackling fires. Everyone understands
the stupidity of these plans - except government ministers. We
remain committed to resolving this dispute in the interests of
our members and the public at large."
to the FBU, Northern Ireland has offered firefighters a scheme
with a normal pension age of 55 and Scotland has offered more
protection and a guarantee not to sack firefighters for losing
fitness as they get older. Wales is proposing an improved flexible
industrial action over the past 18 months has seen fire authorities
spend millions hiring contractors to cover for striking FBU members.
have been 46 separate periods of strike action in that time. The
FBU said it expected about 36,000 firefighters to take part in
the coming walkout.