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Dorset firefighters to strike this weekend
12:21pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS will be going on strike in Dorset this weekend in an ongoing row over pensions.
The national action is taking place from 6.30pm to 11.30pm on Saturday and secretary of Dorset Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Karen Adams confirmed firefighters from Dorset will be taking part.
She said: "No one in Dorset wants to strike and it is with a heavy heart that we will be taking action.
"But people do have to fight for their livelihoods. All we are trying to do is ultimately get a little bit more protection for people to allow them to be able to retire before they are 60."
The move follows a strike in September, and firefighters have been 'forced into' taking more action, she added.
"Last time they would not come and talk to us, so we have been forced into this position."
The Dorset branch of the FBU has just under 400 members, and those on shift will be taking part in the strike, she said.
It is understood that cover has been arranged across the county for the duration of the strike.
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