Firefighters to stage strikes over week

Firefighters to stage strikes

Firefighters to stage strikes

First published in News Droitwich Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FIREFIGHTERS in Worcestershire and across the UK are on strike this week over what they have called “vicious” pension attacks by the Government.

Hereford and Worcestershire crew members who are part of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) are striking on eight consecutive days starting today.

They have described the current proposals set out by the Government as unacceptable, unworkable, unrealistic and nothing short of a vicious attack on pensions.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The Government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.

“We have tried every route available to us to make the Government see sense over their attacks.

“Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling among firefighters while limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives but the Government is merely ploughing ahead, forcing firefighters to react.”

The FBU has been in negotiations with the Government for three years in an attempt to avoid the implementation of proposals which, they say, would see firefighters paying more in their pensions, working longer hours and receiving less money back.

Strikes will take place on the following dates: Monday, July 14, from 6am until 8am and 5pm until 7pm, Tuesday, July 15, 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm, Wednesday, July 16, 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm, Thursday, July 17, 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm, Friday, July 18, 6am-8am and 11pm-1am on Saturday, July 19, Saturday, July 19, 11am-1pm and 11pm-1am on Sunday, July 20, Sunday, July 20, 5pm-7pm, Monday, July 21, 6am-8am and 5pm-7pm.

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4:02pm Mon 14 Jul 14

bmoc55 says...

The FBU and their militant protesters are p*****g into the wind of they really believe that their actions will change Government policy
The FBU and their militant protesters are p*****g into the wind of they really believe that their actions will change Government policy bmoc55
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7:48pm Mon 14 Jul 14

billybobuk says...

an explanation on why firefighters feel the need to strike on following over two years of negotiations between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Government and the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis;

If you had a mortgage and your provider called you in one day to tell you they are extending it by 10 years and on top of that, they are increasing your payments by 3-5% depending on when you joined it AND they told you that in your final 5 years of payments there is a 66-90% chance that they will take the house back anyway just because of your age, what would you do?
an explanation on why firefighters feel the need to strike on following over two years of negotiations between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Government and the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis; If you had a mortgage and your provider called you in one day to tell you they are extending it by 10 years and on top of that, they are increasing your payments by 3-5% depending on when you joined it AND they told you that in your final 5 years of payments there is a 66-90% chance that they will take the house back anyway just because of your age, what would you do? billybobuk
  • Score: 7

7:54am Tue 15 Jul 14

truth must out says...

billybobuk wrote:
an explanation on why firefighters feel the need to strike on following over two years of negotiations between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Government and the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis;

If you had a mortgage and your provider called you in one day to tell you they are extending it by 10 years and on top of that, they are increasing your payments by 3-5% depending on when you joined it AND they told you that in your final 5 years of payments there is a 66-90% chance that they will take the house back anyway just because of your age, what would you do?
Well said that man.....!!!
[quote][p][bold]billybobuk[/bold] wrote: an explanation on why firefighters feel the need to strike on following over two years of negotiations between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Government and the Fire Minister Brandon Lewis; If you had a mortgage and your provider called you in one day to tell you they are extending it by 10 years and on top of that, they are increasing your payments by 3-5% depending on when you joined it AND they told you that in your final 5 years of payments there is a 66-90% chance that they will take the house back anyway just because of your age, what would you do?[/p][/quote]Well said that man.....!!! truth must out
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11:58am Tue 15 Jul 14

SlipperyWhenWet says...

William Hague retires next year following 26 years as an MP at the age of 54. On retirement he will receive a minimum pension of 26/40th of his final salary - though in practice it will be higher due to enhancements achieved whilst in ministerial office. Based on current rates he contributes 9.1% of his salary to his pension scheme (vs a Firefighters 13.2%), enjoys a Government contribution to his pension accrual of 15.4% (vs a Firefighters 13.8%) and pays a smaller overall cost into the scheme of 37% (vs a Firefighters 49%). Who is giving the better value here? Is anyone up in arms about MP's pensions? More to the point why do MP's think their pension scheme is acceptable, but Firefighters schemes are not - 'work longer, pay more, get less' being the order of the day?!
William Hague retires next year following 26 years as an MP at the age of 54. On retirement he will receive a minimum pension of 26/40th of his final salary - though in practice it will be higher due to enhancements achieved whilst in ministerial office. Based on current rates he contributes 9.1% of his salary to his pension scheme (vs a Firefighters 13.2%), enjoys a Government contribution to his pension accrual of 15.4% (vs a Firefighters 13.8%) and pays a smaller overall cost into the scheme of 37% (vs a Firefighters 49%). Who is giving the better value here? Is anyone up in arms about MP's pensions? More to the point why do MP's think their pension scheme is acceptable, but Firefighters schemes are not - 'work longer, pay more, get less' being the order of the day?! SlipperyWhenWet
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Tue 15 Jul 14

green49 says...

This evil non caring government will take no notice of any strike action taken, they will try to change the law on union voting (Thachter did it and ruined thousands of peoples working life) saying there has to be more members voting to be able to strike, if they want to go on that road then what about the percentage of voting for MPs??? what would you do to show your dislike of whats being done to pensions and work hours and put your home at risk etc, i back everyone who works hard and does the right things in life but it seems only the PR Bu********s and the overpaid non qualified idiots that seem to get top jobs, this country needs a kick up the backside and get the wasters out and get people into work that are properly qualified to do the job.
This evil non caring government will take no notice of any strike action taken, they will try to change the law on union voting (Thachter did it and ruined thousands of peoples working life) saying there has to be more members voting to be able to strike, if they want to go on that road then what about the percentage of voting for MPs??? what would you do to show your dislike of whats being done to pensions and work hours and put your home at risk etc, i back everyone who works hard and does the right things in life but it seems only the PR Bu********s and the overpaid non qualified idiots that seem to get top jobs, this country needs a kick up the backside and get the wasters out and get people into work that are properly qualified to do the job. green49
  • Score: 5

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