Strikes to continue over firefighters’ pensions

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FIREFIGHTERS will go out on strike for a further eight consecutive days this month.

The industrial action follows several walk-outs in July in a dispute over pension proposals.

It centres on government plans to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60 and increase pension contributions.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: ‘It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to the age of 60. This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

‘We know it, and the public know it, but the government will not listen to the evidence-based case we have made to them.’

An improved position meaning that firefighters can retire with more flexibility from age 55 is being considered by the government.

The strikes will take place for eight days from Saturday, August 9 until Saturday, August 16 from 12pm to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59pm.