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:
– Brandon Lewis MP
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.