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Firefighters set for more strike action today

Firefighters in Bexhill are set to take more strike action on Friday (January 3) morning.

The strike action is scheduled to take place across England and Wales from 6.30am to 8.30am.

Fire crews are taking industrial action because of an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “None of us wanted these strikes, but firefighters are being priced out of their pensions and face the sack because the government’s can’t accept that 60 year old men and women can’t meet the same fitness standards as 20 year olds.”

The union says most firefighters who take home approximately £1,650 a month already pay £320 or more a month into their pensions, and from April 2014 this would rise for the third year in a row to over £340 a month (£4,000 a year). The union also claims at least two thirds of the current workforce could face either dismissal from the fire service or a reduction in their pensions of almost half because they are unable to maintain the fitness standards required by the fire service beyond the age of 55.

 

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