Firefighters will strike for 24-hours

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The first 24-hour firefighter strike announced after minister ploughs ahead with “unworkable” pension scheme.

Firefighters in England and Wales will strike again over attacks on their pensions after the government confirmed it would implement a new scheme without further negotiations.

Under the government’s proposals, firefighters who are forced to retire before the age of 60 as a result of ageing will have half of their pension taken away.

A 24-hour strike — the longest yet in the three-year campaign — will take place from 9am on Thursday June, 12 with another set for 10am-5pm on Saturday June 21.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “The minister has decided to bury his head in the sand, but he must accept that firefighters simply will not give up fighting for their futures — and our fire and rescue service.

“Concerns over these unworkable proposals remain as valid and grave as ever.

“And the government has ignored all the evidence including it’s own reports.

“It is as ever a difficult decision for us to take, but the only way for us to resolve this unnecessary and costly dispute is for the government to start listening to reason.”