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Firefighters in Keighley plan for second strike
1:28pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
Firefighters in Keighley are poised to walk out for five hours from 6.30pm on Saturday as part of a national strike.
The action by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be the second in recent weeks.
The union is fighting plans to increase employee pensions contributions and impose a pension age of 60. Currently, the age is 55, but firefighters can retire earlier if they have 25 years’ service.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority this week said it had developed contingency measures to provide the best possible fire cover during the industrial action.
Chief fire officer, Simon Pilling, said: “We remain confident in our contingency plans after they were tested – and proved to be successful – during the last period of strike action in September.”
FBU West Yorkshire branch secretary, Dave Williams, said his members would meet tomorrow to decide details of their strike action.