Firefighters set for four hour strike next Wednesday
10:01am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS are set to go on strike for four hours next Wednesday, September 25, in a row over pensions with the government.
The strike will last from 12pm until 4pm.
It comes after almost 80 per cent of firefighters voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot that ended earlier this month.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “This initial strike is a warning shot to government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions. Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.
“It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”
The Fire Brigades Union, who called for the strike, have warned that “thousands of firefighters could face the sack without access to a proper pension simply because they are getting older”, that the changes would lead to “mass sackings” as firefighters would fail to reach fitness standards as there are only a handful of ‘redeployment’ opportunities in fire and rescue services, that firefighters already pay some of the highest pension contributions in the UK and that the financial viability of the proposed scheme has been seriously undermined.