Firefighters to stage fresh strikes

The Northern Echo: Firefighters to stage fresh strikes Firefighters to stage fresh strikes

FIREFIGHTERS will stage a series of fresh strikes over the May Bank Holiday weekend in their long-running dispute with the Government over pensions amid claims that the coalition is burying its head in the sand.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales will walk out for five hours from noon on May 2, between 2pm and 2am on May 3 and between 10am and 3pm on May 5.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on May 4 until noon on May 9.

In Scotland there will be a ban on voluntary overtime between noon on May 2 and noon on May 9.

Firefighters staged a series of strikes last year in protest at plans for a later retirement age and changes to pensions, but further action was put on hold while talks were held.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes account the unique occupation of firefighting, the Government is still burying its head in the sand.

"Several members of Government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

"Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible."

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5:09pm Thu 24 Apr 14

abdarlouk says...

Excellent, yet more folks employed in the public sector complaining about their lot. Which is normally a lot more than those in the private sector.
No emergency service should be allowed to strike, the others can't and rightfully so, I am dead against such industrial action.
Excellent, yet more folks employed in the public sector complaining about their lot. Which is normally a lot more than those in the private sector. No emergency service should be allowed to strike, the others can't and rightfully so, I am dead against such industrial action. abdarlouk
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Not always right says...

abdarlouk wrote:
Excellent, yet more folks employed in the public sector complaining about their lot. Which is normally a lot more than those in the private sector.
No emergency service should be allowed to strike, the others can't and rightfully so, I am dead against such industrial action.
Just because you will accept second best why should others?.
[quote][p][bold]abdarlouk[/bold] wrote: Excellent, yet more folks employed in the public sector complaining about their lot. Which is normally a lot more than those in the private sector. No emergency service should be allowed to strike, the others can't and rightfully so, I am dead against such industrial action.[/p][/quote]Just because you will accept second best why should others?. Not always right
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10:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Overpaid and underworked. I do hope that oneday one of the relatives of a family member who is killed by such industrial action will have the balls to sure the FBU and the individual workshy members who would rather lounge and sleep in their fire station than work.
Overpaid and underworked. I do hope that oneday one of the relatives of a family member who is killed by such industrial action will have the balls to sure the FBU and the individual workshy members who would rather lounge and sleep in their fire station than work. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 1

12:15am Fri 25 Apr 14

stevegg says...

Their own worst enemies the FBU. By taking industrial action they have opened themselves up to public scrutiny and their archaic 'working' practices have been exposed for all to see. Yes, we need them, but full time firefighters are not giving the public value for money, retained firefighters do the same or more in some cases. Full time firefighters are vastly underworked compared to other emergency service workers but they will never admit it and refuse to change. Any public support is waining.
Their own worst enemies the FBU. By taking industrial action they have opened themselves up to public scrutiny and their archaic 'working' practices have been exposed for all to see. Yes, we need them, but full time firefighters are not giving the public value for money, retained firefighters do the same or more in some cases. Full time firefighters are vastly underworked compared to other emergency service workers but they will never admit it and refuse to change. Any public support is waining. stevegg
  • Score: 2

12:21am Fri 25 Apr 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Agreed,
The retained firefighters are superb.
Agreed, The retained firefighters are superb. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Fri 25 Apr 14

darloboss says...

if the strikes go ahead they should not be allowed to wear firefighters uniform nor should they be allowed to be on fire brigade property
they are already overpaid and as vor says underworked
if the strikes go ahead they should not be allowed to wear firefighters uniform nor should they be allowed to be on fire brigade property they are already overpaid and as vor says underworked darloboss
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