West Sussex firefighters strike again

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews across West Sussex will be walking out in protest for four hours again today (Wednesday November 13).

Firefighters will strike between 10am and 2pm over a pension row with the Government.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary Matt Wrack said: “After 35 years of service — and paying at least £4,000 a year — firefighters could now receive just over £9,000 a year or the sack simply because fitness declines as they get older.

“Firefighters simply want an affordable and workable pension that reflects the job we do. But with employee costs going up, firefighters are being priced out making the scheme threatening its sustainability.

“We’re keen to resolve this through negotiations, but the government is simply ignoring all the evidence we have submitted.”

Firefighters are also voting in a ballot over additional forms of industrial action.