As firefighters across England and Wales prepare to stage a 24-hour walk-out, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said that a solution can be reached "but not under the shadow of industrial action."
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.
Nearly three-quarters will see no change in their pension age in 2015.
Under the new scheme, a firefighter who earns £29,000 will still be able to retire after a full career aged 60, get a £19,000-a-year pension, rising to £26,000 with the state pension.
The equivalent private pension pot would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much.
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