Fresh strike being held by firefighters tomorrow

Bucks Fire and Rescue fire engine, Bicester Road, Aylesbury

Bucks Fire and Rescue fire engine, Bicester Road, Aylesbury

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The Fire Brigades Union will hold another four hour strike in Bucks tomorrow (Wednesday).

The industrial action over pensions will take place from 10am to 2pm.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service said it has plans in place which enable it to continue to provide cover in the county during the strikes.

Jason Thelwell, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s chief operating officer, said: “We will obviously prioritise emergency calls where lives are at risk, and we will continue to provide as much information as possible to help people avoid having a fire or other emergency – not just during strike periods, but all year round.”

The union staged a four-hour strike on Wednesday September 25, a four-and-a-half-hour strike on Friday November 1 and a two-hour strike on Monday, November 4, and postponed a five-hour strike initially planned for Saturday, October 19.

The government’s fire minister Brandon Lewis condemned the lastest strikes.

He added: “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. An equivalent private pension pot would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much.”