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Firefighters to strike

Firefighters are to strike for four hours next Wednesday in a row over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union said. Almost 80% voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot earlier this month.

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Firefighter strike 'unnecessary and avoidable'

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 decision by the FBU to take strike action is entirely unnecessary and avoidable. The pension on offer to firefighters is one of the most generous public service pensions available.

A firefighter who earns £29,000, and retires after a full career aged 60, will get a £19,000 a year pension, rising to £26,000 with the state pension. To get the same pension from a private scheme firefighters would have to contribute twice as much.

– Brandon Lewis MP

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