Enable Independent, IFAs in Bishop’s Stortford followed the story this week of the Firefighters taking industrial action because of the government’s pension reforms. The government states that the current pension arrangements need to be reduced as they are no longer affordable.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union have voted to take industrial action over these proposals, which could result in the first national firefighters strike for over 10 years.
The new outlined plans by government would see the pension age rising from 50 to 60, however the FBU members have stated that this is too old, and that it would endanger the public.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Expecting large numbers of 60-year-olds to fight fires and rescue families is dangerous to the public and to firefighters.
“The government is simply ignoring the evidence about the physical demands of firefighting and has been unable to answer our concerns during two years of negotiations.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety. We hope common sense prevails, and the government returns to the negotiating table.”
The Government stated that despite these proposed changes to firefighters pensions, that they will still get one of the best public sector pensions.
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