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Firefighters to stage strikes on three days in May

Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a series of fresh strikes on May 2, 3 and 4 in their long-running row with the Government over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

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FBU: Government is burying head in sand over pensions

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack says the government is "burying its head in the sand" over firefighter pensions. He added the union remains "totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation."

After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

– FBU general secretary Matt Wrack

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