Firefighters plan further strikes over pay dispute

Eastbourne fire station, Whitley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex ENGSUS00120130830150906
Eastbourne fire station, Whitley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex ENGSUS00120130830150906

‘Angry’ firefighters are set to strike again in a row with government over pensions.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it is preparing for further industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). A 24-hour strike will begin on Wednesday, February 25 from 7am.

Members of the public are being reminded this means fewer crews will be on duty.

This is part of the ongoing dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the government over pensions.

Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt gave a guarantee that firefighters aged 55 who failed a fitness test through no fault of their own would receive a full, unreduced pension or a redeployed role. However, when the FBU wrote to all fire authorities asking if they would implement this parliamentary guarantee, it said the responses from national employers and a number of authorities clearly stated that they would not.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said, “Firefighters are unbelievably angry.”