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  • "Firefighters must be on cracking wages if "close on £400" is 14.2% of their monthly income. That or the figure is unrepresentative. Or the Fire Service is top heavy with watch managers.

    In reality 14.2% is a high contribution and working till 60 (not 60+) is unrealistic for such a physical job. Such are the challenges of funding generous final salary schemes that can't cope any more.

    Interesting that MP's hid behind the objection to their salary increase in order to actually object to having to contribute more to their own final salary scheme isn't it?"
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Firefighters to strike on Friday and Saturday

FIREFIGHTERS in Sandwell and Dudley boroughs are striking on Friday and Saturday in their protracted battle to save their pensions.

The walk out will take place between 6pm and 10pm each day and West Midlands Fire Service are urging residents to stay safe during the strike.

Area manager Paul Burnham said: “Friday and Saturday nights are among our busiest times of the week.

"Thousands of people will be out and about getting into the festive spirit, whether they’re partying or late night shopping."

He added: " And even if people are staying in, watching TV or putting up the Christmas decorations, we’re urging them to stay as safe as possible.

“Public safety is central to our contingency plans, and 999 calls will still be answered as normal.

"We will be prioritising incidents involving a threat to life, followed by those involving property and then lower-risk call-outs. However, we will have fewer fire engines available on both Friday and Saturday night, so it could take us longer than usual to attend incidents.”

WMFS staff who are not striking will help to provide a level of emergency response, but the brigade is asking the pubic to do all they can to stay safe and avoid needing to call for help in the first place.

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