Lincolnshire: Firefighters poised for further strikes over pensions row

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

Firefighters across Lincolnshire are set to walk out on two further dates in a row over pensions.

The Fire Brigade Union has announced further strike for Friday 1st November, from 6.30pm to 11pm and Monday 4th November from 6am-8am.

The union has accused the Government and fire employees of failing to any firm guarantees as a result of pension changes.

Last week the union postponed a second day of strike action after the Government various routes to tackle the issue of firefighters not fit enough to work beyond the current retirement age of 55.

But they informed the union this week that they could provide none of the necessary guarantees.

The Government wants to raise the normal retirement age from 55 to 60 for all firefighters.

But the union fears sackings as firefighters fail fitness tests as they get older and lose some of their pension.

The first walkout was last month, on Wednesday 25th September, when up to 150 members of the Fire Brigades’ Union in Lincolnshire downed tools between midday and 4pm.

Non-striking firefighters were called out to six incidents across the county during the industrial action.