As the row over pensions continues, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said that it looks as if a strike in England and Wales will be “unavoidable”.

According to, strikes in Scotland may be avoided but it seems the discussion will continue across the rest of the country.

The government has said firefighters will be able to claim their full pension when they reach 60 and added that they do not wish to talk to the union about pensions any more.

However, the FBU argues that many firefighters won’t be able to do their job well until the age of 60 and that working when they’re unfit to do so will put the public in danger.

Those who are worried their business or home may be in danger should the firefighters go on strike might want to have a fire risk assessment conducted beforehand to make sure their property is as safe as possible.

FBU general secretary, Matt Wrack, said that the government gives firefighters no choice but to strike if they refuse implement further changes.

“Almost 80 per cent of firefighters voted in favour of industrial action if no progress could be made, but we have tried everything to avoid strike action being necessary,” he said.

“It’s not too late to avoid a strike: the governments of England and Wales must see sense, put public safety first and come back to the negotiating table willing to compromise,” reports