Firefighter strike tonight across Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 10:22 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:22 31 December 2013

Firefighters are striking over the government's proposed pension changes

Firefighters are striking over the government's proposed pension changes


While people celebrate ringing in a New Year firefighters across Hertfordshire will stage another strike tonight.

Crews will step down between 6.30pm and 12.30am due to a long-running dispute with Government over proposed pension changes,.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Christmas is just an ordinary working time for firefighters, and our members have been on the front line dealing with storms, floods and other emergencies every day.

“None of us wanted these strikes, but firefighters on duty over the festive period don’t have much to celebrate this year as they are being priced out of their pensions and face the sack because the government’s can’t accept that 60 year old men and women can’t meet the same fitness standards as 20 year olds.

“We need to see genuine dialogue and real negotiations to resolve this dispute, so perhaps the prime minister would like to come along to visit firefighters on New Year’s Eve and hear directly why they are so angry?”

A further strike across England and Wales is scheduled 6.30am to 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

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