By Tristan Harris Friday 18 October 2013 Updated: 21/10 14:52
THE FIRE strike due to take place tomorrow (Saturday) has been called off at the 11th hour.
Firefighters from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) will no longer be walking out from 6.30pm to 11.30pm as was planned after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) agreed to postpone industrial action.
The move follows progress on talks between the Government and the FBU over changes which would see firefighters work until they are 60 in order to get their full pension.
Union chiefs say they have been offered a similar deal to that in Scotland which has extra safeguards meaning anyone aged 55 to 60 who is deemed unfit to carry on fighting fires and cannot be found another role will be entitled to their full pension.
The deal has still to be confirmed and talks between the Government and fire authorities about how it will be funded.
Deputy chief fire officer Richard Lawrence said: "We are pleased to hear positive dialogue has been taking place between the Government and the FBU, with the result that this specific period of strike action has been postponed.
"The service's business continuity arrangements for this period of strike action have therefore been put on hold but remain ready to be implemented should the circumstances require."
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