Firefighters to stage further strike action

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Lancashire firefighters are to stage a further eight-day period of strike action in the ongoing national dispute over pension proposals.

The Fire Brigades Union says the current proposals are still unworkable and mean that firefighters will still face dismissal simply because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary until they are 60.

The proposals would also mean that if firefighters opt for early retirement, the reduction in their pension would be unacceptably high.

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 age 60. The government will not listen to the evidence-based case we have made to them.”

The strikes will take place for eight days from August 9 to 16 between 12pm – 2pm and 11pm and midnight.