03:00AM, Thursday 31 July 2014
Firefighters have called further strike action over disputes with pension proposals.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales will strike for eight days, from Saturday, August 9 until Saturday, August 16, between noon-2pm and 22.59pm-11.59pm.
A union statement said the current proposals from the government are 'still unworkable' and mean 'that firefighters will still face dismissal simply because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are age 60.'
It also argued that if firefighters opt for early retirement under the proposals, the reduction in their pension would be unacceptably high.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.
"This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.
"We know it, and the public know it, but the government will not listen to the evidence based case we have made to them."
The union also claimed that an improved position allowing firefighters to retire with more flexibility from the age of 55 has been considered and costed by the government for more than three months but has not been offered.
No action will be taken in Scotland or Northern Ireland as improved pension proposals are currently being discussed.
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