Union plans another strike in pension fight

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THE fire brigade union is set to hold a 24-hour strike in the coming weeks.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU said fire minister and Portsmouth North MP misled parliament.

He said: ‘Firefighters are outraged at the behaviour of the Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt and her boss Eric Pickles, who misled parliament by falsely claiming that they had introduced a statutory guarantee that a firefighter failing a fitness test through no fault of their own would receive a full and unreduced pension.

‘After investigation, it is now clear beyond doubt that no fire service employer agrees that any such guarantee exists.

‘The response from the fire service employers has shown very clearly that parliament has been misled to allow the government to force through attacks on firefighter pensions.’

He added details of the strike will be confirmed soon.

He said: ‘Firefighters cannot accept these pension changes as they take no proper account of the real work firefighters do. It is outrageous that the only way the government could win a vote on this is by blatantly misleading MPs.’

It is the latest strike to be held in the long-running battle over firefighters’ pension reforms.