FBU members in England fighters walk out over what they call “an unfair, unsustainable and unaffordable pension scheme” being imposed by the Westminster government

FBU marchFirefighters in England are today walking out for 24 hours in their latest strike over what the FBU calls “an unfair, unsustainable and unaffordable pension scheme” being imposed by the Westminster government.

After almost three years of discussions firefighters still face either being sacked or receiving a hugely reduced pension if they fail fitness tests as a result of naturally declining fitness through age. Today is their 48th period of strike action.

Many striking firefighters will travel to Aylesbury to protest the decision by Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service to dismiss their victimised colleague Ricky Matthews.

A firefighter for more than 17 years Ricky Matthews, who is also a member of the FBU executive, was sacked for taking lawful industrial action during the recent four- day strike over the Westminster governments changes to firefighter pensions.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Ricky was sacked for taking part in lawful strike action by a fire service that has a history of bullying and intimidating firefighters and union members.

“His sacking is an attack on every firefighter and their right to organise in the workplace to secure better conditions and a better public service.”

“Firefighters across the UK stand united with their bullied and victimised colleague and call for Ricky Matthews to be reinstated.”


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