Firefighters in Rugby to strike for 24 hours

The strike starts on Tuesday
The strike starts on Tuesday
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Fire crews will walk out of their stations for 24 hours in protest of the pension scheme.

The strike starts from 9am on Tuesday December 9.

Firefighters say the pension scheme is unfair as employees may receive a reduced pension or lose their jobs if they fail fitness tests.

They also said firefighters’ ages need to be considered.

Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said: “Firefighters are asking the Westminster government to immediately open genuine negotiations to resolve this dispute. They should also hold a House of Commons debate to fully scrutinise the legislation and there should be a parliamentary vote on the regulations. Firefighters will fight for however long it takes to secure a fair pensions deal – this dispute will not end as long as the regulations remain unchanged.”

Strikes will take place across the country.

Firefighters in Northern Ireland have lifted their trade dispute as the result of a revised and improved offer with a lower pension age.

Crews in Scotland and Wales will be taking other forms of industrial action.

Mr Wrack added: “It is sickening that the only part of the UK where the fire minister refuses to engage in genuine negotiations is England.

“We cannot accept that firefighters in England will be penalised simply because the Westminster government refuses to consider the evidence or even read its own reports on the risks to firefighter fitness related to aging.

“We have won the argument on this issue for the past three years. We face a government which refuses to negotiate or even to listen to reason. Therefore this fight will carry on.”