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fbustrikenewportFirefighters across the Isle of Wight and throughout the country will walk out for a total of 96 hours – four days straight – in the continuing row over pensions.

Fire Bridge Union members will take part in the strike action from 18:00 next Friday (31st October) after two months of talks with the Government failed to result in any new offers being made relating to plans to make firefighters work on the frontline until they are 60 years old.

Under proposals, firefighters will have to work 5 years longer, pay more into their pension funds and get less in retirement.

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In total, 46 separate periods of industrial action have been carried out over the last 18 months.

Fire cover will be maintained across the Island with contingency crews made up of non-FBU members stationed at Drill Hall Road, Newport and Westridge, Ryde. These crews will attend life-critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic incidents.

Fire control will not be affected by the strike and will be operating as normal. Readers should continue to dial 999 in an emergency.

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