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Strike Action To Continue

Friday July 18 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are set to continue their eight-day strike action over the weekend.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union have been striking every day since July 14 in protest at the government's proposals to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60.

As part of the proposed 2015 firefighter pension scheme, those who retire between 55 and 60 will receive significantly reduced pensions.

The union says the government's proposals are "unacceptable, unworkable, unrealistic and nothing short of a vicious attack".

The union has been in negotiations with the government for three years in an attempt to avoid the implementation of proposals that they say would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: "We have tried every route available to us to make the government see sense over their attacks.

"Three years' worth of negotiations have come to nothing because the government is simply unwilling to compromise."

Do you back the firefighters' strikes? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by bobby buttercrack on Friday July 18 2014 at 18:21
Absolutley. Right behind anybody willing to stand up to these self serving pigs. Good luck lads/lasses. You do a cracking job looking after us in times of need

Reply Posted by Mick on Saturday July 19 2014 at 15:22
I think it is absolutely stupid to expect a man or a woman to carry some one out of a property at the age of 60 never mind down a ladder, what is the government trying to do kill our firefighters off before they can claim their pensions

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday July 21 2014 at 23:12
It's even more stupid to expect a female to carry someone out of a property, irrespective of their age. Have you got a view on that?

Reply Posted by sam on Monday July 21 2014 at 23:19
A female wouldn't be asked to carry out that part of the job Brian. They don't just rush in, a risk assessment is carried out on site first. There's masses of training involved and the correct person would be sent in.

Reply Posted by tinker on Monday July 21 2014 at 09:51
Why don't the firemen pack the job in at 55 and get an easier job? Could it be they want a large lump sum and a fantastic pension from the age 55. Get real guy's everyone has to work while their 67 and you expect our support! ! Sorry

Reply Posted by anon99 on Monday July 21 2014 at 10:04
@tinker,its you that needs to get real pal. Jobs are scarce,who,s going to employ a 55 yr old?

Reply Posted by Observer on Monday July 21 2014 at 10:05
There will always be debate on issues like this. Tinker where would someone at that age be likely to get a job? Lets go back to when the firemen ( and other workers in the country) signed up for the job. Hours of work were agreed. Holidays were agreed. Rates of pay were agreed. Holidays were agreed. So why should this government scum, or anyone for that matter try to take this away? Things like this were attractions to people to take such jobs. With incentives etc. we all should be behjnd workers any workers who stand up to the bully boy employers. This government will have us working for peanuts with nothing at the end of it if we dont fight them. The nation is divided. We need to unite and be strong. The tuc warned the government that unions would flex the muscles. And indeed it is. Good luck to the firemen im behind them all the way.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday July 21 2014 at 10:31
TOTALLY agree Observer, it is also no coincidence that the Paramedics and Teachers are also taking industrial action against a government that simply will NOT listen.

They signed up to their terms and conditions at the beginning of their employment exactly the same as the rest of us did so why try and mend something if it aint broke?

The Tories will do absolutely anything to save money whilst putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk by these so called "austerity" measures, the austerity only affects the working class and the rich elite continue to get richer off the backs of the hardworking people.

Tax cuts for the rich? Not exactly austerity is it?

Reply Posted by JBR on Monday July 21 2014 at 10:47
Bang on as usual STEVEO.

This lot bang the "austerity/deficit" drum at every opportunity.

Can still fritter away BILLIONS though to private pockets-NHS contracts, Royal Mail sell off, HS2 to name a few.

Can't pay people the pension they signed up to though.

Can afford an 11% pay increase for themselves though and all the expenses they see fit. And a full pension after 2 terms.


Reply Posted by JBRIAC on Monday July 21 2014 at 19:53
Are Labour any better JBR? Would they do anything different?

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Monday July 21 2014 at 16:06
What I want is a scenario where buckham palace is on fire,Lizzie is screaming help help save me and the corgis on the balcony the fire engine pulls up,the doors fly open and out jumps the equivalence of dads army in other words physically unable to preform to the best of there abilities due to age.at 55 give them a pension look after the people who look after us at our time of need,I know I wouldn't want to have to see some of the things they have to.let's get channel 5 to make an hour longer and put Cameron on the front line.

Reply Posted by Brian on Monday July 21 2014 at 16:21
What a pathetic specimen you are

Reply Posted by tinker on Monday July 21 2014 at 21:39
What about postmen and women who have to work until their 67. No cushy shifts for them watching Jeremy Kyle all day or sleeping through the nightshift! Like the firemen do.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday July 25 2014 at 18:35
Sad fact of life is for the large majority of us we will be working till we drop if this coalition gets their way.
Currently 67 for me and my pension will not pay near enough to sustain any sort of lifestyle so work till I drop for me and many others.
I respect the firefighters (doctors / nurses / paramedics etc etc etc) and firmly believe that if you sign up to certain terms and conditions them they should be stuck to.
This coalition will do anything to save money and put hundreds of thousands of lives at risk by their idiocy.

A lot of sour grapes on here too, they SHOULD retire by 55 as far as I am concerned.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Monday July 21 2014 at 21:52
Good Luck, fight them all the way!
They want to erode away all positive terms and conditions unfairly. Years ago firemen, teachers, civil servants signed up to certain pay and conditiions............as did many other professions I'm sure......and now they want to whip the carpet from under them and change the rules. Makes my blood boil.
I know changes have to be made but you have to protect peoples rights and look at natural justice, give them what they signed up for then change things for future employees if you have to........but for goodness sake do it fairly and with adequate consultation and consideration.
Support the firefighters and the quality service and dedication they give.

Reply Posted by j on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 08:15
Support them all the way - as my mother used to say 'Indian Givers' - give with one hand, take with the other! They signed a contract accepting terms and conditions of employment which should be legally binding until their employment ends. The government and employers should honour this ... not keep shifting the goalposts when it suits. I notice their expense claims aren't up for negotiation!

Reply Posted by JBR on Tuesday July 22 2014 at 14:16
JBRIAC -Never mentioned anything about Labour. I think the entire political system needs looking at. The whole lot in west minister are shocking.

You're happy with the current lot then I take it?