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Merseyside firefighters' industrial action passed 'relatively quietly'
MERSEYSIDE Fire service said industrial action passed “relatively quietly” with officers attending six minor call-outs.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out from midday until 4pm last Wednesday in a pay dispute.
Dan Stephens, chief fire officer for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: "The four hours of industrial action passed relatively quietly here on Merseyside with six call-outs attended.
"We maintained an emergency response capability during the industrial action and had 21 fire appliances and the urban search and rescue team available crewed by over 100 of our own operational firefighters and officers.”
The union is campaigning against changes it says will mean firefighters will have to work longer, pay more into their pensions and receive less in retirement.
It argues that the move will also see firefighters having to work on frontline duties until they are 60.
But the Government maintains the changes were fair and would still give firemen and women one of the most generous pensions in the public sector.
Merseyside's chief fire officer Dan Stephens said: "While this is not a dispute with local Fire and Rescue Services the Authority has a duty to provide resilience during such an event and maintain the best and most effective emergency response possible during the period.
"The public should be reassured that should a strike occur the authority will maintain an emergency response capability and have fire appliances available continuously and 999 calls will be answered.”
More strikes are likely if the dispute remains unresolved.
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