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Firefighters Applauded On Strike

Monday September 30 2013

FIREFIGHTERS were clapped by supporters when they went on strike last week.

At midday last Wednesday, Fire Brigades Union members walked out of Barnsley, Cudworth, Dearne and Tankersley fire stations as part of a national four-hour strike.

The protest was in opposition to the government's plans to make firefighters work until they're 60 for their full pension, as opposed to 55.

At the Barnsley fire station on Broadway, the firefighters were clapped out of work by their supporters from other trade unions.

To a background of applause, Brian Steele, secretary of Barnsley Trades Council, told a crowd of more than 50 people: "I hope your actions force the government to realise that we won't stand by and let them get away with attacking our pensions, and our pay and conditions any more."

The supporters later visited the picket lines at the other fire stations in the borough.

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Reply Posted by spike on Monday September 30 2013 at 11:57
thats ok to strike for more money but to strike about working a bit longer and pensions, dont they think how good there pension is now that is being payed for by the ordinary working man that cant afford his own pension never mind paying the firemans ,and it isnt that bad a job to work a bit longer , we had to work till 65 not 55 like the firemen who also most have 2 or 3 jobs because the work is not that hard, they do a good job as and when required but not full out like the ordinary working man who i will say again is paying for the firemens pension as well as his own ...rant over

Reply Posted by John on Monday September 30 2013 at 12:58
They are also paying 13% of their salary towards their pensions. Wouldn't like to think a 60 year old was pulling me out of a burning building.

Reply Posted by King Eric on Monday September 30 2013 at 13:18
I'd be happy for anyone to pull me out of a burning building!

Reply Posted by Ant on Monday September 30 2013 at 12:25
Why are the fire service allowed to strike anyway because the police who have been hit much harder aren't allowed to?

Reply Posted by B Winter on Monday September 30 2013 at 20:34
Should be greatfull they have a job millions don't. If you don't want your job plenty will take it. Greed pure selfish Greed. let's hope your family don't need the service while you're striking.

Reply Posted by Tiger Bay on Monday September 30 2013 at 23:24
...............or the vital service which my company provides.

Who do they think they are? They should get back to work.

Reply Posted by Swifty on Monday September 30 2013 at 23:39
Let's face it several professional positions would not get you to 65 years of age. Would not fan ya physiotherapist giving me a massage. What about arthritis etc in the ageing populations and caring ladders etc.

Someone in Goverment needs to get a grip.

Reply Posted by Sara on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 11:04
Most of the firefighters I see are fat and unfit anyway so whats age got to do with it when they're too fat to climb a ladder. For instance, you never see a nurse of doctor on strike.

It's aways the teachers and firefighters. Get back to work!

Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 09:39
Completely agree with this strike,these people ar worth there weight in gold.if it was upto me I'd lower the age to 50....