Firefighters from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service to take further strike action over Christmas and New Year

Ledbury Reporter: Firefighters to take further strike action over Christmas and New Year Firefighters to take further strike action over Christmas and New Year

FIREFIGHTERS have announced more strike action over the Christmas and New Year period.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union from the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service will carry out the industrial action between 7pm and midnight on Christmas Eve, from 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve and 12.30am on New Year’s Day and from 6.30am to 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

Union members will also not be undertaking voluntary overtime from 7pm on Friday, December 27 to 7pm on Sunday, December 29.

Area Commander Jon Pryce, head of operations for the service, said: “While the industrial action is on-going we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we will be asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.

“We realise that people may be concerned about strike action being called over the Christmas and New Year period and whilst we wouldn’t want to deter festive celebrations we would ask people to take some simple steps to keep themselves and their families safe.”

The fire service will be running reduced fire cover which is likely to provide a basic service and will aim to prioritise the most urgent calls.

The dispute between the union and the government relates to proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions.

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9:44am Wed 18 Dec 13

THE FACTS says...

So

We have the debate about reducing the budget for the fire dept as part of government cut backs being fought by fire service personnel as a BIG risk to the public cos they might get burnt whilst the same people fire service personnel withdrawing their labour and putting the public at greater risk !

If the argument come back that the public wont be at risk from these strikes then lets reduce the budget... it is one or the other.

Anyone one else smell bacon ?

Sounds like a square circle to me. But am happy to listen ...but please not 24 paragraphs
So We have the debate about reducing the budget for the fire dept as part of government cut backs being fought by fire service personnel as a BIG risk to the public cos they might get burnt whilst the same people fire service personnel withdrawing their labour and putting the public at greater risk ! If the argument come back that the public wont be at risk from these strikes then lets reduce the budget... it is one or the other. Anyone one else smell bacon ? Sounds like a square circle to me. But am happy to listen ...but please not 24 paragraphs THE FACTS

10:24am Wed 18 Dec 13

MJI says...

Working at 60.
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Hmm I can see both sides, but one thing gets forgotten, the older fireman has a lot of experience the younger one has not had.
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He doesn't have to go up the ladders, he could drive the fire engine, Hold a hose. Mentoring the new ones.
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I have to wait until 66!
Working at 60. . Hmm I can see both sides, but one thing gets forgotten, the older fireman has a lot of experience the younger one has not had. . He doesn't have to go up the ladders, he could drive the fire engine, Hold a hose. Mentoring the new ones. . I have to wait until 66! MJI

11:17am Wed 18 Dec 13

Andy-Apache says...

66 eh? You'll be as fresh as a daisy! That's an excellent point about experience.

I am attempting to save more so I can retire earlier than the mandated 66 years old if I want to. If fire service staff wish to make their own financial arrangements to do the same, I don't see a problem.

However, if they just want to retire early on a pension system that is already collapsing under the weight of people living longer, sorry chaps it can't work.
66 eh? You'll be as fresh as a daisy! That's an excellent point about experience. I am attempting to save more so I can retire earlier than the mandated 66 years old if I want to. If fire service staff wish to make their own financial arrangements to do the same, I don't see a problem. However, if they just want to retire early on a pension system that is already collapsing under the weight of people living longer, sorry chaps it can't work. Andy-Apache

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