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Firefighters form picket line outside Knutsford station
3:47pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
STRIKING firefighters were flanked by their families as they sat out on a four-hour protest outside Knutsford Community Fire Station today, Wednesday September 25.
They joined fellow Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) who participated in inductrial action across England and Wales between noon and 4pm.
The union is campaigning against changes it says will mean firefighters will have to work longer, pay more into their pensions and receive less in retirement.
The move may also see firefighters having to work on frontline duties until they are 60.
Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union General Secretary, said: “This initial strike is a warning shot to government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions. Governments in Westminster and Cardiff have simply refused to see sense on these issues.
“It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.
“None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”
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