Firefighters plan strike action over pension dispute


Firefighters across Luton and Dunstable will again walk out as part of a dispute with the government over pension reforms.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will close stations and picket during the series of 16 protests.

The strikes will take place from noon to 2 pm and from 11pm to midnight every day between August 9 and 16.

The walk-out is part of a three-year feud betweenthe FBU and government, which plans to up pension contributions and the retirement age of firefighters.

FBU says the move would see firefighters working into their late 50s and leave them facing dismissal if their fitness falls below required levels.

Beds Fire & Rescue confirmed that it would operate a reduced service during the period of industrial action.

Area commander Ian Evans, the service’s head of operations, said: “Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service will put into place its well-practiced plans to continue to deliver services during the periods of FBU strike action.

“Fully trained BFRS firefighters and fire officers will be ready to respond to 999 calls. However, we will have a reduced service, compared to normal, as with any period of strike action.

“We will respond to 999 calls, but may have to prioritise our response, to be able to deal with a potential threat to life.”