Firefighters across the Midlands walked out for seven hours today in a row over pensions.
More than two hundred firefighters joined a rally in Birmingham City Centre to protest against government plans to increase the retirement age to sixty and for firefighters to pay more into their pension pots.
Although this is a national dispute, it clearly affects us here in the West Midlands. Today’s seven hours of industrial action again required us to implement our contingency plans so we could continue to deliver a service to our communities. Fortunately, none of the 31 incidents to which we deployed between 10am and 5pm involved any serious injury.”
The Government has released a statement saying the continued strike action from the Fire Brigades union shows they aren't serious about finding a resolution.
The Department for Communities and Local Government have released a statement saying the deal they're offering is fair.
The Government believes a solution can be reached, but not under the shadow of industrial action, which only serves to damage firefighters' good standing with the public. By disrupting constructive discussions and an open consultation in this way the FBU has once again shown it is not serious about finding a resolution. The deal on the table is fair and gives firefighters one of the most generous pensions in the public sector. Additionally the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme."