Eastbourne firefighters walk out in pensions row

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Eastbourne firefighters staged a four-hour walk out on Wednesday as part of an industrial day of action in a dispute over pensions.

Crew members belonging to the Fire Brigades Union and working at the Community Fire Station in Whitley Road and the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Upperton Road downed tools at midday and returned to work at 4pm.

Members of UNISON left their conference at the Eastbourne Centre and rallied outside Eastbourne Fire Staion in support of the 4 hour strike by firefighters. September 25th 2013 E39104P

Members of UNISON left their conference at the Eastbourne Centre and rallied outside Eastbourne Fire Staion in support of the 4 hour strike by firefighters. September 25th 2013 E39104P

Throughout the industrial action senior management based themselves with a fire appliance at the Territorial Army Centre in Seaside to answer emergency 999 calls, but were not called into action.

There were no pickets lines at either the fire station or headquarters although members of Unison from across the country who were at a conference at the Eastbourne Centre on the seafront arrived with flags and banners to show their support for the firemen and women.

Many Eastbourne members of the FBU went over to the official picket line at Preston Circus in Brighton.

It was part of a national half day of action which the FBU said was a “warning shot” to the government over plans to make members work up to the age of 60.

Ministers said the action was unnecessary and called the pension offer “generous”.

The FBU said 32,000 of its 41,000 members went on strike.