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Firefighters set for national strike ballot over pensions emergency

Issue No. 2353

The FBU union is expected to call a national strike ballot to defend firefighters’ pensions at its conference in Blackpool this week.

The government plans to raise the normal retirement age for firefighters from 55 to 60. But most 55-60 year olds are not fit enough to be firefighters.

Those who retire at 55 would have their pension slashed. Contributions are also set to increase to 13.2 percent next year.

Delegates at the conference, which begins on Wednesday, were expected to vote to begin an immediate national strike ballot.

Firefighter strikes can have a huge impact.

The FBU did not join the coordinated public sector pensions strike in November 2011, in the hope that the government would offer it a better deal in negotiations.

Activists should go all out to build a yes vote now—and the union should call strikes without further delay.

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Tue 14 May 2013, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2353
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