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East Lancashire firefighters in New Year's Eve strike
11:00am Tuesday 31st December 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS will go on strike tonight over pension changes.
Officers will walk out between 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve and 12.30am on New Year’s Day in their long-running dispute with the government over pensions.
Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Christmas is just an ordinary working time for firefighters, and our members have been on the front line dealing with storms, floods and other emergencies every day.
“None of us wanted these strikes, but firefighters on duty over the festive period don’t have much to celebrate this year as they are being priced out of their pensions and face the sack because the government’s can’t accept that 60-year-old men and women can’t meet the same fitness standards as 20-year-olds.”
Another strike is scheduled for 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.
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