Expecting large numbers of ﬁre ﬁghters in their late 50s to ﬁght ﬁres and rescue families is not just ludicrous: it’s dangerous to the public and to ﬁre ﬁghters.
The government is simply ignoring all the evidence — even their own — about the physical demands of ﬁre ﬁghting and has been unable to answer our concerns during two years of negotiations.
The government in Westminster’s proposals could mean mass sackings as thousands of ﬁre ﬁghters become older and are no longer ﬁt enough to do the job. Fire ﬁghters, who already pay some of the highest contributions in the public or private sector, would also be expected to pay an average of 13.2% of employer and employee.
This is not the deal we signed up for. None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and ﬁre ﬁghter safety. We hope common sense prevails, and the government returns to the negotiating table.