11 July 2013
FBU members are going to vote on strike action against an ‘unworkable’ pension scheme proposal. Thousands of firefighters could face the sack as they are forced to work to 60.
If the ballot is successful action could start in September.
The FBU decision to begin the ballot was triggered when the government set a deadline of Friday this week (12 July) for the FBU to sign up to existing proposals or face the changes being imposed.
Alongside the threat of mass sackings come other changes. For example firefighters who retire or have to retire at 55 would lose some 50% of their pensions.
Firefighters already pay big pensions contributions. The FBU say over 25% of full time firefighters recruited last year didn’t even join the pension scheme.
The ballot starts on 18 July and runs until 29 August.