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Firefighters To Strike

Thursday September 19 2013

Fire crews set to strike Fire crews set to strike

THE region's firefighters will strike next Wednesday in a row over pensions.

The four-hour strike will take place on September 25 between 12-4pm.

Almost 80 per cent of firefighters nationally had voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot that ended earlier this month.

"This initial strike is a warning shot to the government," said Matt Wrack, from the Fire Brigades Union. "Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.

"It's ludicrous to expect firefighters in their late 50s to fight fires and rescue families - the lives of the public and firefighters themselves will be endangered.

"None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety."

Jamie Courtney, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue's chief fire officer called on the public to test their smoke alarms.

"The best way people can keep themselves safe is to take care to prevent fires from happening in the first place," he added.

He warned the service the brigade could provide would be ‘considerably depleted’.

Firefighters pay some of the highest pension contributions in the UK and have seen increases for two consecutive years.

The majority of firefighters already pay almost 13 per cent of their salary in contributions with further increases due next year. That will mean some firefighters now face an increase six years in a row.

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Reply Posted by Jake on Thursday September 19 2013 at 15:13
This is another example of the government squeezing cash out of the public sector and whilst in support of the strike, can you take a minute to think about this please
The retirement age for a paramedic is 65 (until the retirement age rises)
A paramedic still has to perform CPR at this age, be able to carry a Defib weighs about 28k in one arm and a medical bag weighing the same on the other arm.
Be nimble enough to climb into wrecked and mangled vehicles involved in accidents.
They also have to carry patients down stairs lift the from the floor usually just two members of staff for patients weighing up to 30 stone and above
Could you do this at 65 years of age ? And is it fair ?

Reply Posted by Swifty on Thursday September 19 2013 at 16:09
Untile the people of the country stand up and be counted and send a clear message to ALL Political Parties we've had enough. Then the working class, Elderley the sick and unemployed will are continue to suffer with this Goverment and Political Parties that are out there today.

They is some big winners the immigrants that are comming in there 10's of Thousands here. And the million or so comming in Jan 2014.

Lets face it the conditions they have in there home countries is nothing like being in Benifits Britain.

And before any one pipes up yes they do work but also reciever Working Tax Credit Top UPS.

Put a strain on schools NHS and housing.

Do they really add to the economy in the long term ????????

Reply Posted by maxine on Wednesday September 25 2013 at 09:15
I'm not against striking as I think that ppl should stand up for what they believe. But do strikes ever work? Does anyone have evidence that strike action actually works?