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Fire strike called off
3:21pm Friday 18th October 2013 in Local
FIREFIGHTERS across Dudley and Sandwell will not go on strike tomorrow (Saturday) as planned.
Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) were set to walk out between 6.30pm and 11.30pm due to the row over pensions and safety practices.
But the industrial action has been called off as the FBU says the Government has now presented a deal similar to that offered to their colleagues in Scotland, which would allow firefighters to retire on a full pension between the age of 55 and 60, if they were not fit enough or offered other roles.
Staff who do not pass fitness tests or choose to take early retirement would get a reduced pension.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “FBU members want firm guarantees and not just fine words. We have given Government the opportunity to progress this matter seriously.
"The FBU has temporally postponed the planned strike to enable these guarantees to be firmed up. However, there are a number of important and unresolved elements of our dispute and we need to be clear that we may have to resort to further strike action.”
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