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Firefighters in England and Wales will hold a four-hour strike at noon next Wednesday in protest about changes to their pensions.
During the last strike 10 years ago, the army was called in. This time, other plans are in place.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.
The Government has called a strike called by the Fire Brigades Union "unnecessary", saying firefighters can earn "generous" pensions of £26,000.
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis said:
The Fire Brigades Union says thousands of firefighters could face the sack without access to a proper pension simply because they are getting older:
- The Government has made what it called a "generous" offer to release full pensions to firefighters when they reach the age of 60.
- However, a recent review found that more than half of firefighters over 50 are not able to meet fire and rescue service fitness standards.
- The Government previously claimed older firefighters could be moved to less physically demanding roles.
- The FBU says there will be very few "redeployment" opportunities, making mass sackings inevitable.
- The union says many staff could lose about 50 percent of their pension as a result.
- Firefighters already pay some of the highest pension contributions in the UK, with the majority paying almost 13% of their salary.
The Fire Brigades Union said their planned strike is a "warning shot to government" over the ongoing pensions row.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said:
Firefighters are to strike for four hours on Wednesday September 25 in a row over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.