Further action in fire fighters’ pension bid

Members of the FBU on previous industrial action.
Members of the FBU on previous industrial action.

Firefighters have voted to take further industrial action in a bid to secure a “fair, workable and affordable” pension package.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) at Lancashire Fire and Rescue, which has seven fire stations across the Fylde coast, joined a ballot over whether to continue industrial action in the row over changes to pensions and firefighters’ retirement age.

Nationally 86 per cent voted for continuing action short of strike action in an ongoing row over what will happen to firefighters who fail fitness tests as their retirement age is moved from 55 to 60.

Chris Molloy, Fire Brigade Union representative for Blackpool, said: “This will be a removal of goodwill and a ban on overtime.

“Firefighters are very angry with what’s going on with pensions and quite frankly that goodwill’s disappeared.

“We’re after a fair, workable and affordable pension.

“MP Brandon Lewis, the minister for fire and rescue, says this can only be resolved through negotiations and we entirely agree, the only problem is they won’t negotiate.”

Mr Molloy said following the public’s support to save a fire engine at Blackpool’s Forest Gate Fire Station, which has been successful, he hoped the public would also support their pension bid. He added: “It’s all to do with money and the government’s cost agenda.

“People can support us in this endeavour. I would urge them to contact their local MPs and lobby for negotiations.

“The physical demands of fire fighting will make it impossible for most to reach the age of 60.”

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