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Firefighters To Start Eight-Day Strike Action

Friday August 8 2014

FIREFIGHTERS will be striking for eight days after the government failed to improve its pension proposals.

Strikes take place from August 9 until August 16 between 12pm and 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59pm.

Firefighters say current proposals in England and Wales are still unworkable and mean individuals will face dismissal because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are aged 60.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "It's absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.

"This is unsafe and unrealistic for firefighters and the public."

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Reply Posted by Observer on Friday August 8 2014 at 13:28
Well dome lads n lasses. Dont be ridden rough shod by anyone. Especially these cronies. Stand up for your rights. Im behind you all the way.

Reply Posted by bobby davro on Friday August 8 2014 at 13:54
Stick up for what you were promised and believe in. Those self serving pigs at westminster arent worried about their fat cat pensions

Reply Posted by Jim on Friday August 8 2014 at 18:49
Will it get them anywhere? Will it ****!

Get back to work!

Reply Posted by frum tarn on Friday August 8 2014 at 21:04
Nice one jim. I bet you just bend over and take it it dont ya mate.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Friday August 8 2014 at 23:13
Good Luck, stand and fight.
They say the house of Lords should be made smaller but then they go and make more Life Peers! They always find money for their cronies.
There's money but not for the working classes.
I really hope you win, but I'm not so sure you will, they are eroding all workers rights, rights that were fought for, once they're gone they're gone for good. It's very depressing that we workers are so under valued.
Good Luck.

Reply Posted by sid on Friday August 8 2014 at 23:20
You're right rubydoo. I wish they could win but don't think they will. Its wrong the way folk have been battered by the very people they have put in power!

Reply Posted by ? on Saturday August 9 2014 at 08:19
Who put them in power? It was an hung parliment, only by getting their heads together and deciding whats best for themselves did we get a coalition.

Reply Posted by guido fawkes on Saturday August 9 2014 at 08:35
This is for Brian the palace is on fire the queens yelling save me and don't forget the corgis the fire engine blazes round the corner lights flashing out jumps the equvilent of Godfrey and private jones they look at each other we can't carry her down the ladders alas age has taken away what once they had youth and the ability to do there job.

Reply Posted by annoying above on Sunday August 10 2014 at 12:42
WHY ? do you always ruin the story with your stupid and very poorly spelt dribble . go away and entertain your bonfire guest.

Reply Posted by reply to brian on Sunday August 10 2014 at 12:57
Not dribble its drivel and the point been made is you want someone fit and active working for the service

Reply Posted by AHR on Saturday August 9 2014 at 20:57
Me Grandad was still shoveling coal till he retired from the Pit at 65, he died when he was 66. Nice retirement !

Reply Posted by ? on Saturday August 9 2014 at 22:03
The military can carry on to 60!

Reply Posted by Mick on Sunday August 10 2014 at 11:39
It's commonplace to lose 10% of a pension for each year of early retirement, what's so special about firemen? If they can't keep themselves fit, they find a lighter job until retirement. Just like the rest of us.

Reply Posted by Lazy Firemen on Sunday August 10 2014 at 12:00
Poor, poor, poor firemen, my heart bleeds for them, NOT!

Get back to work ( if you can call it that) you bunch of cry babies.

Reply Posted by Knowitall on Sunday August 10 2014 at 13:39
The point here is the firefighters sign on for thirty years service and pay 11% of their pay into a pension. Years later the government turn around and say they'll have to work longer, going against their contract!
I say good luck to them and we should all give our support!

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday August 11 2014 at 10:07
Totally agree.
The government are constantly wanting to change the goalposts with the public sector on every aspect of their terms and conditions, T&C'S that our forefathers have fought hard to get.

This Con Dem government simply wants to cut costs and don't give a monkeys chuff about putting lives at risk.
I cant wait until next year for them to get kicked into the gutter where they belong.

Reply Posted by Mick on Sunday August 10 2014 at 14:42
So you pay in £4k a year for 30 years ..... £120k
Now if you live to be 80 and retire on a full pension at 50.
That's a pension of £20k for 30 years .... £600k

If we all have a contract like that the country would be bankrupt. Investments do not return anything like that, those in the city trough have seen to that. The rest of us had contracts, paid in and had our pensions hit, why are firemen so special?

Reply Posted by ? on Sunday August 10 2014 at 15:10
Annoying above, what 'dribble' as you say only stating fact, in the military you can carry on working till 60, including taking fitness tests. Also no one voted for a coalition, no party got an overall majority hence the hung parliment. Has for poor spelling sorry if I don't use text speak or american english.

Reply Posted by Knowitall on Sunday August 10 2014 at 15:22
Well Mick, ever heard if compound interest?
However the firefighters contributions were not invested. They have a contract and the fact that you have been swindled doesn't make it right that others should suffer the same way!

Reply Posted by Knowitall on Sunday August 10 2014 at 16:05
Also Mick very few ex firefighters live to be 80 as a result of what they are exposed to during their carreers

Reply Posted by Mick on Sunday August 10 2014 at 17:34
Well Knowitall, I simply point out that teachers, nurses and other public sector workers contribute for 10 years longer and will therefore receive their pensions for 10 years less. The difference is very significant.

You've heard the adage - "you only get out what you put in" ..

Consider a teacher and a fireman on the same salary living to 80. Teachers also pay 11% contributions.
Teacher Fireman
paid in £160k £120k
gets out £400k £600k (pension payments)
gain £240k £480k

Teachers pay in longer, fireman take out longer. This shows that firemen get twice more out the pension than teachers.

Reply Posted by Knowitall on Sunday August 10 2014 at 20:27
Well Mick I think you'll find that teachers draw their pensions far longer than firefighters do. Half my family teach and I've been to far too many fire service funerals. Let's not forget here that there aren't many occupations, public or private sector, where you can realistically expect to put yourself in harms way during every shift you work. I'm afraid you may be one of those people who won't appreciate just how committed these people are until you have need of their services (I hope that never happens). You can't make like for like comparisons when you're talking about a job where people die at work

Reply Posted by Jase on Tuesday August 12 2014 at 08:47
The Police can also die whilst on duty along with nurses, paramedics, etc, etc Knowitall. I have seen nurses get punched, spat at, verbally abused and had knives pulled out on them. Do I hear them moan? No!, they get on with their jobs like true professionals.

Firemen wouldn't last two miniutes doing a twelve hour shift in A&E.