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Byline: Sarah Taylor

WE WROTE: A union chief has voiced public safety concerns after Middlesbrough fire station closed during the weekend's firefighter strikes.

YOU SAID: This is not the first time the government has altered the firefighters' pension scheme. They just appear to be using it to create confrontation. They are also ignoring an independent report they commissioned which stated that firefighters should not have their retirement age increased, yet they seem to ignore the report that says they should have a large pay rise. Double standards, especially when firefighters are now paying 14% and in some cases, more into their pension fund. It's easy to say you can work to an older age when you have a totally non-physically demanding job.

Paul Fergusson WE WROTE: A school meals service in Redcar and Cleveland is at risk as schools look to go elsewhere for a cheaper deal. YOU SAID: Here we go. School meals provided by private companies which buy cheap ingredients and don't prepare the food from fresh. Staff will be paid on minimum wage too. Well done head teachers and governing bodies.

Sarah Taylor
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2013
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