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Fire chiefs share union concerns over pension changes
FIRE chiefs in Essex have said they share union concerns about proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions.
Councillors on the Essex Fire Authority say plans to make firefighters work until they are 60, instead of 55, present challenges to the future management of the service.
In particular members said they were worried about the maintenance of fitness standards, in a statement released following a meeting last week.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) recently voted in favour of a national strike over the proposed changes, but is yet to announce any dates for industrial action.
Essex Fire Authority said it felt Government plans had not been thought through and urged ministers and the FBU to resolve differences before any need for strikes.
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