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Firefighters stage strike in Grantham

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Grantham firefighters are on strike today as part of a national action over pensions.

The firefighters are striking from noon to 5pm today with further strikes due tomorrow and on Sunday. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue says it is providing cover during the strikes.

Strikers at the Grantham station sais they were getting plenty of support from the public and had been provided with food and drink including cakes and even fish and chips.

Chairman of the Lincolnshire Fire Brigades Union Ben Selby said: “There has been a lot of support which is very welcome and there have been some donations to our Firefighters Charity.”

Mr Selby said: “We are disappointed we have to go on strike, but we feel we have no option. Brandon Lewis (Minister for fire and rescue) says that we are making progress with talks but we aren’t. They have ground to a halt in the last few months and we want the people of Grantham to know we are doing this with a heavy heart.”

The strike continues tomorrow from 2pm to 2am, and on Sunday between 10am and 3pm. There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday until noon on Friday (May 9).

Firefighters are striking over pensions. They say the Government wants to raise the retirement age of firefighters to 60 and the union fears that many of them will not be fit enough to work to that age and, as a result, could be sacked. The union says the Government has not guaranteed firefighters will be offered other jobs. The union says if firefighters do lose their jobs they could have to wait until the age of 67 before getting their pension.

 

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