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Firefighters vote for national strike action
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
The first firefighters strike in over ten years could soon hit Cornwall, after members of the Fire Brigades Union voted in favour of national industrial action over pensions.
Government plans would see firefighters have to serve until 60-years-old to get their full pension.
The union says that large numbers of firefighters in their late 50’s fighting fires and rescuing families would create a danger to the public as they will not be able to maintain fitness standards.
The FBU says those retiring early will lose thousands of pounds. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: "We have repeatedly raised safety concerns and provided strong evidence to back it up but the government just isn't listening.
"This result is a clear indication of the anger felt by firefighters. It's still not too late for common sense to prevail if the government are willing to return to the negotiating table.
"None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety."
The government has called the pension scheme unaffordable, with fire minister Brandon Lewis saying: “This Government does not believe that industrial action is necessary.
“The FBU is creating a smokescreen around the issues of fitness and retirement age to justify their behaviour whilst ignoring the facts. After two years of discussions and improved terms firefighters will still get one of the most generous public service pensions available - £26,000 a year, when including the £7,000 state pension.”
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