Firefighters take strike action – report from Coventry picket line
FBU members took strike action today against attacks on their pensions. Across the country firefighters walked out between 12-4pm, including here in Coventry.
Dave Nellist of the Socialist Party reported from the picket line
‘There was a very determined mood amongst FBU members today. They’re been told to pay even higher pension contributions and to work longer. The Tories have told younger firefighters I met on the picket line that they have to work 40 years now for a full pension compared to existing staff’s 30 years. Firefighters will now have to work to 60 (would you want a 60 year old having to climb up a burning building to rescue you?).
Oh, and the head of the West Midlands Fire Service retires (from a desk job!) in November. He’s 53 years old!’