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St Albans firefighters strike outside MP Anne Main's offices
MP Anne Main’s constituency offices were besieged by angry St Albans firefighters this afternoon, following a row over pensions.
The city’s firefighters took strike action because they say proposals would see them working longer hours, paying more and getting less from the pensions they signed up for when they joined the fire service.
They took to the streets at midday and have been striking for four hours where they have taken part in a series of events at the office of the Conservative politician.
Hertfordshire Fire Brigade Union secretary, Tony Smith, said: "It is a sad day for all firefighters when the only option left to us is to take strike action, but unfortunately, after almost two years, we have exhausted every other possible avenue.
"All we are asking for is for politicians to come to the negotiating table and to sort out this mess that they have caused by pressing on with these ridiculous proposals."
Mr Smith said: "Frustration among firefighters across Hertfordshire has come to a head and it will be local Tory politicians that will be bearing the brunt of those frustrations.
"We are tired of being ignored by Westminster like so many of our other public service colleagues, soon there will be nothing left.
"Every week many of the county’s fire engines are without crews, fire stations continue to close, pay has been frozen and now pensions that were signed up to in good faith are being torn up by politicians who enjoy pay rises, expenses and gold plated retirements."
He added: "To expect firefighters to be rescuing people from fires and car accidents at the age of 60 does not make any sense.
"Reports undertaken by the government agree with this view yet politicians refuse to listen. I can assure you that on Wednesday politicians will be getting a very loud, very clear message from Hertfordshire’s fire crews.
“All we are seeking is a pension that is fair to firefighters and taxpayers rather than a threat of mass sackings."
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