Fresh offer puts firefighter strike on back burner
A PLANNED strike by firefighters, which was due to take place across Gloucestershire today, has been called off.
The five-hour strike was scrapped by the Fire Brigades Union after progress in talks with the Government over pensions.
The strike was due to take place between 6.30pm and 11.30pm this evening.
The crux of the disagreement between the two sides has been related to a bid to make firefighters work until the age of 60.
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But the union believes 60 is too old to do the job.
The deal that has been presented to the firefighters, prompting the strike to be called off, will mean they can retire between the ages of 55 and 60 if they are no longer fit enough to do the frontline role and if a back office role cannot be found.
The deal is yet to be finalised and talks are still ongoing.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service had put in place emergency provision to cover the planned strike.
The strike would have seen 26 pumps available to respond to emergencies in the county, instead of the normal 33.