Firefighters set to strike for 24 hours in pensions row

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Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will go on strike for 24 hours today.

The strike, which is taking place due to a disagreement over the Government’s plan to introduce a new pension scheme, will start at 9am.

Further strike action has also been announced between 10am and 5pm on June 21.

A spokesman for the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “We will have reduced fire and rescue cover during these times.

“We encourage everyone to be extra vigilant and take extra care during strike periods.”

The reason for the strikes relates to changes to firefighter pensions, which would see firefighters that are forced to retire before the age of 60 only receiving half of their pension.

This is despite claims that many firefighters would be unable to maintain the level of fitness required to do their job until 60.