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St Helens firefighters join picket lines over pensions dispute
2:55pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
FIRE Brigade Union members in St Helens went on strike on Wednesday afternoon highlighting a union dispute over pension scheme changes.
Between 12pm and 4pm today members of the National Fire Brigades’ Union downed tools and picket lines were set up at fire stations within the Merseyside region.
But more than 100 non-union members stayed on duty manning 20 fire engines and maintaining emergency cover during the strike.
Dan Stephens, chief fire officer of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The Government is in dispute with the National Fire Brigades’ Union over changes to their members’ Pension scheme.
"While this is not a dispute with local Fire & Rescue Services we have a duty to provide resilience during such an event and maintain the best and most effective emergency response possible during the period.”
The walk-out decision was taken by FBU members following the government’s failure to enter talks with them after increasing firefighters’ pension age to 60.
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