Tower Hamlets firefighters to strike for further eight days

By Rachel Bishop on August 1, 2014 11:30 AM |

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Tower Hamlets firefighters have issued a further eight days of strikes in a row over pensions.

The strikes are being called in due to "unsafe" proposals from the government, which would see firefighters rescuing people and putting out blazes at 60 years old.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: "It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.

"This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

"We know it, and the public know it, but the government will not listen to the evidence based case we have made to them."

The union also say the proposals mean that fire fighters would face dismissal because they would not be able to maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are age 60.

The proposals could also mean that if firefighters opt for early retirement, the reduction in their pension would be very high.

The strikes will take place August 9-16 between 12-2pm and 10.59-11.59pm.

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