A group of around 15 firefighters went on strike outside Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters on Stocklake this afternoon (Wednesday) as part of national industrial action.
The strike is expected to last four hours with the firefighters protesting over what they describe as “unsafe, unfair and unworkable” pensions proposals by Government.
One of those on strike was Clive Woodfall who has worked as a firefighter in Aylesbury for 29 years. He said: “We are unhappy about these reforms because on the one hand we are being asked to work until we are 60, and on the other hand if we were to fail the fitness tests in our 50s and be unfit to work we would be left without a proper pension.
“The average firefighter’s pension here is £19,000 and we are contributing about £375 a month. We did not want to have to do this but because the Government is not listening we felt we had no option but to resort to this.”
But Brandon Lewis, fire minister for England, said firefighters are getting a fair deal.
He said: “The pension on offer to firefighters is one of the most generous in the public sector. We feel this is an unnecessary and avoidable strike.”