Firefighters to hold fourth strike over pensions

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Union members to walk out on 13 November in ongoing row with government over impact of rise in retirement age

Firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a fresh strike in their row with the government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for four hours from 10am on 13 November. It will be their fourth round of strikes in recent weeks.

The union also announced that it would ballot members for other forms of industrial action, in an escalation of the dispute.

Firefighters walked out on Monday and last Friday in their ongoing row over what will happen to firefighters who fail fitness tests as their retirement age is moved from 55 to 60.

The union fears there will be job losses if firefighters are not offered other work in the service.

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