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Firefighters on picket line over pensions

FBU Redwatch Ilkeston picket outside Ilkeston fire station. l-r is Adam Macare Station Union Rep, Daz Bishop, Dave Stevenson and Marc Finlay.

FBU Redwatch Ilkeston picket outside Ilkeston fire station. l-r is Adam Macare Station Union Rep, Daz Bishop, Dave Stevenson and Marc Finlay.

Ilkeston firefighters joined colleagues from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on a controversial 24-hour strike on Thursday last week.

The walkout was staged because of a dispute over pensions and an increase in the retirement age.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue were called out ten times during the strike but none of the callouts were in Ilkeston.

Vice chairman of the Derbyshire FBU, Ben Keiller, told the ‘Tiser: “People seemed really supportive this time and we were really grateful for that.

“But it’s with heavy hearts and anger that we will be taking action again on Saturday because the government simply won’t listen to us.

“As well as the issue of pensions we want to make it clear that carrying on in the job of a firefighter until the age of 60 is near impossible.

“If my wife and kids were trapped in a burning building I wouldn’t want a team of nearly 60-year-olds turning up.

“It’s a scary thought but that is what we are facing.”

The next action takes place this Saturday (June 21) between 10am and 
5pm.

 

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