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Dorset Fire Fighters Kick Off Strike On First Day Of The World Cup

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6:47am 6th June 2014

Firefighters in Dorset are to stage a 24-hour strike on the day the World Cup starts.

They'll walk out next Thursday, before a further 7-hour strike on 21st June.

The Fire Brigades Union is angry at changes to its members' pensions and a later retirement age.

Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: "The minister has decided to bury his head in the sand, but he must accept that firefighters simply will not give up fighting for their futures - and our fire and rescue service.

"Concerns over these unworkable proposals remain as valid and grave as ever, and the government has ignored all the evidence including its own reports.

"It is as ever a difficult decision for us to take, but the only way for us to resolve this unnecessary and costly dispute is for the government to start listening to reason."

Dorset's Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter told us they're well prepared to cope with the walk-out:

 "As with the previous strikes we will once again be putting our contingency arrangements in place. We are disappointed the FBU and the Government have not been able to come to an agreement about the Firefighters pension scheme at this stage. It is important to stress that this is a national dispute.

He added: "We have put plans in place to ensure Dorset Fire and Rescue is able to respond to incidents, but we would ask members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home. We will continue to work with all our partners locally to ensure businesses; homes and our environment can be kept as safe as possible from fire during these periods of industrial action."

Dorset firefighters have staged a number of walkouts the past 12 months, most recently before the first May Bank Holiday.

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