New firefighters' strike over continuing dispute with Government over pensions

Published: 24 Apr 2014 18:000 comments

FIREFIGHTERS will strike again next week over a continuing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union, including those at the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), will walk out between midday-5pm next Friday, between 2pm-2am next Saturday and between 10am-3pm next Sunday.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the Government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

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