Planned Firefighters strike called off
Firefighters have called off a strike planned for today.
After the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Government compromised over retirement arrangements, the threat of a strike set for 6.30pm to 11.30pm was lifted.
Simon Routh-Jones, Chief Fire Officer for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The news that progress has been made in discussions between the FBU and ministers is obviously a great relief, as industrial action is never easy, regardless of what side of the argument you are.
“Our hope now is that the continued negotiations will lead to an agreement that all sides can sign up to.”
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The union is against Government plans for firefighters to work to 60 but a fresh deal means they can retire on a full pension between 55 and 60 if they are not fit enough and there isn’t another job for them.
A reduced pension will be paid to firefighters who can’t meet the fitness standards and retire early.