Firefighters in Northamptonshire to join strikes

Firefighters in Corby on strike last year
Firefighters in Corby on strike last year

Firefighters in Northamptonshire say they will be joining colleagues across the country and and thousands of public sector workers taking strike action next Thursday, July 10.

The long-running dispute over firefighters’ pensions will see a further day of strikes at the same time as a walk out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over pay, pensions and workloads.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.”

The Government has said that firefighters should retire at 60. The FBU says the physical demands of the job mean this is not realistic.

It is estimated that as many as two million workers will take strike action.

Firefighters were last on strike on Saturday, June 21.