Firemen on strike today...with teachers to follow next week


Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue will join in national strike action today following a pension dispute with the Government – with teachers also set to take part in industrial action next week.

The fire strike takes place between noon and 4pm – and during this time the service will only respond to life-threatening emergency call-outs.

The pensions row follows the Government unveiling plans to raise the age of retirement for firefighters from 55 to 60.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “It is ludicrous to expect firefighters to fight fires and rescue families in their late-50s: the lives of the general public and firefighters themselves will be endangered. None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety.”

On Tuesday, the NUT and NASUWT is calling a strike for teachers.

It is not yet clear how this will impact on schools in the area – with some set to open but with reduced lessons.

A county council spokesman said the authority has asked schools to let them know of their arrangments and will the let parents know as Tuesday approaches.