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Firefighters plan another strike on same day as public sector walkout

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Northamptonshire during previous strike action

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Northamptonshire during previous strike action

Firefighters in Northamptonshire will be going on a nine-hour strike on the same day as other public sector workers across the country.

The Fire Brigades Union will continue its long-running dispute over pensions by walking out on Thursday July 10, joining members of Unite, Unison and the GMB who are also protesting over pay, pension and workload changes.

The strike will last between 10am and 7pm and will be the 15th in the FBU’s campaign. The union is also expected to announce further action later this week.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.

“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on July 10.

“The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.

“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions.

“If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”

It is estimated that as many as two million workers will take strike action.

The FBU recently launched a legal challenge against the government’s proposals, saying they have received legal advice that reducing the pensions available to firefighters by different amounts depending on when they retire after 55 amounts to age discrimination.

Firefighters were last on strike on Saturday June 21.

 

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