Firefighters begin eight-day strike across Northamptonshire in ongoing row over pensions

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Firefighters will begin an eight-day strike in Northamptonshire today (Saturday).

Members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) will go on strike from today until Saturday August 16 in an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

The strike will mean reduced fire cover during designated hours for the next eight days.

The FBU argue that the current proposals in England and Wales are still unworkable and mean that firefighters will still face dismissal because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are age 60.

They claim 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.

“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

“We know it, and the public know it, but the government will not listen to the evidence based case we have made to them.”

The strikes will run daily between 12pm – 2pm and 22:59 – 23:59.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are advising people to ‘get out, stay out and call 999 - you will still get an emergency response’.