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Firefighters to walk out again as pensions row rages
FIREFIGHTERS across Merseyside will stage two further walkouts in the coming days as part of an ongoing dispute over pay and pensions.
The five-hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union, taking place from 6.30 to 11.30pm, will be followed by a walkout on Monday, November 4 from 6-8am.
The action is in response to government plans to make firefighters work up to 60.
Emergency and 999 calls will be answered and responded to.
The union is campaigning against changes which, 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.
Union members have argued firefighters working into their late-50s is 'dangerous and unachievable'.
Crews first walked out for four hours on the afternoon of September 25 and October 14.
Responding to the FBU calling two further periods of strike action, Dan Stephens, Merseyside Chief Fire Officer, said: "This is a dispute between Government and the FBU but as with previous strikes, we will provide the best emergency cover that we can.
"This will involve 21 fire appliances, a full Urban Search and Rescue Team and an aerial appliance, all manned by staff who are not members of the FBU. We will also continue our community safety activities.
"We would ask the public to take extra care and vigilance during the industrial action particularly as it is around the bonfire period on this occasion."
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