Firefighter strike called off

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Firefighters have called off the strike which was planned to take place tomorrow (Saturday).

Fire Brigades Union announced on Friday last week that crews would strike for five hours from 6.30pm to 11.30pm in a row over pensions.

The union said the strike has been cancelled after progress in talks over pensions.

Lincolnshire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire services were all expected to be affected.

The strike was due to take place following the government unveiling plans to raise the pension age for firefighters from 55 to 60 in a move the Fire Brigades Union fears will put lives at risk.

They claim firefighters will be forced to work longer than they are physically able to, or will have to retire early without a pension.

However the Fire Brigades Union called off the strike after it was presented with a deal similar to that in Scotland, where firefighters will be able to retire on a full pension between the ages of 55 and 60 if they are classed as not fit enough and another role cannot be found for them.

Anyone who meets the fitness standards and chooses to retire early will get a reduced pension.

A final agreement has not yet been reached because negotiations between ministers and individual fire authorities about how this will be funded, still need to take place.

Firefighters from the area joined their colleagues across the country in staging a four-hour strike on September 25 over the same issue.