Firefighters’ strike cancelled

Firefighters outside Daventry Fire Station on their last strike in September.
Firefighters outside Daventry Fire Station on their last strike in September.

Firefighters at stations in Daventry and its villages have cancelled a strike on Saturday, October 19.

On Saturday evening firefighters in the Daventry area were set to walk out as part of a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.

Colin Wells, health and safety co-ordinator at the FBU in Northamptonshire, said: “The issue is the extension of firefighters’ service so that people in their late 50s or 60s could be forced to stay on as firefighters, and the second part is a proposal to change the ratio of pension contributions between employers and employees.”

Firefighters across the county went on strike on September 25 for four hours.

The Government is proposing restricting access to pensions until the national retirement age, currently 67. It says people can be moved into non-frontline jobs, but the FBU says many of these are now either privatised or civilian roles.

Frontline firefighters can lose their jobs if they don’t maintain a high level of fitness, something the FBU says is nearly impossible to expect from men and women in their 60s. At the moment firefighters can retire after 30 years of service.