5:19pm Tuesday 17th September 2013
FIREFIGHTERS across Halesowen, Stourbridge, Dudley and Sandwell are set to strike next week.
The Fire Brigades Union announced firefighters will go on strike for four hours on Wednesday, September 25 due to a dispute over pensions with the government.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said the four-hour strike is "a warning shot to government".
He said: "This initial strike is a warning shot to government.
“Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
"Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.”
He added: "It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late 50s - the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered."
The FBU had previously said the current proposals would see firefighters who retire or are forced out of work at 55 losing about 50 per cent of their pensions.
Around 85 per cent of firefighters in England and Wales are union members, and 78 per cent of members balloted in England, Scotland and Wales voted in favour of strike action.
The walkout will take place for four hours, between noon and 4pm.
During the action, each of the 46 fire and rescue authorities in England have a legal duty to put contingency plans in place.
The government said the plans in place were "robust".
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