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Falmouth firefighters on strike
1:08pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Cornwall
A dozen or so firefighters and their supporters are currently picketing outside Falmouth Fire Station at the start of a four hour strike in protest of proposed Government reforms of their pension.
The walk out took effect at noon and will continue until 4pm, but Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has stressed it will continue to respond to emergency calls and will prioritise those where lives are at risk.
The strike has been called by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and is being supported by firefighters across England and Wales. They are protesting against Government plans to make them work until they are 60 before they are eligible for their pensions.
Outside Falmouth Fire Station, local firefighter Stuart Pulley, who is the Cornwall secretary of the FBU, said: “Unfortunately it has got to the stage where we are forced to take strike action – none of the firefighters here wanted to take strike action, it is our last resort.
“Unfortunately, the Goverment are ignoring the evidence we have provided and their own evidence. Hopefully this will send a message to the Government and they will see the proposals to the pension are unfair and unworkable.
“Obviously we cannot rule out any further action at this stage – we would much rather see a negotiated settlement.”
On duty firefighters have been joined on the picket line by off duty firemen, on-call firefighters and support staff.
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