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Firefighters set to strike again

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Emergency calls will not be answered by firefighters in Suffolk during nationwide strike action next month.

Only major incidents will be attended at certain times between May 2 and May 4 as firefighters protest at planned changes to their pensions.

Andy Vingoe, chairman of the Suffolk Fire Brigade Union, said strike action was necessary to get a “sensible” pension scheme offer. He said a major incident was one where there was a catastrophic loss of life.

Talks between the union officials and the Government have been ongoing for the last four months, however, a deal has not been forthcoming.

Mr Vingoe said current proposals – which would see firefighters work until they were 60 – were unrealistic.

“Even the doctor hired to carry out the tests said that would not be the case,” said Mr Vingoe.

“Sixty-six per cent of 60-year-old firefighters won’t be at the required fitness level.

“We have been in positive talks for four months but we have had no offer – we feel we need to go back out and take industrial action.”

The strikes will take place on Friday, May 2, between midday and 5pm, on Saturday, May 3, between 2pm and 2am, and on Sunday, May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

 

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