Firefighters to stage walk-out

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Firefighters in 1066 Country are staging another strike from Tuesday (December 9) as part of their dispute with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) at both Bohemia Road and The Ridge fire stations are joining firefighters across England for the latest stoppage.

They last held a four-day strike from October 31 to November 4.

The Government wants firefighters to work up to 60 rather than retire at the age of 55.

Union officials from the FBU say Whitehall’s proposals mean that firefighters will face dismissal simply because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are age 60.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters in England are reluctantly calling further strike action as a direct result of the Westminster government’s failure to listen and negotiate over pensions. Firefighters are asking the Government to immediately open genuine negotiations to resolve this dispute. They should also hold a House of Commons debate to fully scrutinise the legislation and there should be a parliamentary vote on the regulations. We need to be clear. Firefighters will fight for however long it takes to secure a fair pensions deal.”

The Government has said the firefighter pension age of 60 will bring their pension age into line with the police and Armed Forces.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said contingency crews will be on duty on Tuesday, ready to respond to emergencies but there will be reduced levels of cover.