Banbury firefighters to continue fight in ongoing pensions dispute

Banbury Fire Station.
Banbury Fire Station.

Firefighters from Banbury will once again join thousands of others across the country taking strike action on Thursday, July 10.

The long-running dispute with the government over pensions is still ongoing, and the strike will last beween 10am and 7pm - the 15th in the Fire Brigade Union’s (FBU) campaign.

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

“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on 10 July. The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.

“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions. If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”

The strike is on the same day as many local government workers, civil servants and teachers walk out over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads. It is estimated as many as two million workers will take strike action.

The firefighters’ dispute has continued for months as the FBU says firefighters are facing the imposition of a pension that ignores the physical demands of the job they do.

Mr Wrack said: ““Despite endless assurances they have done precisely nothing to address the threat to firefighters as their fitness declines in their 50s.

“Firefighting is a dangerous and physically demanding job which requires specific fitness standards. It is obvious to everyone that it is more and more difficult to meet those standards in your 50s compared to your 20s.

”Firefighters in that position face a stark choice of being sacked or losing half their pension.”