Firefighters to strike this evening

Firefighters to strike this evening

Firefighters to strike this evening

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AS PEOPLE throughout Worcestershire and across the country battle against floods, firefighters are set to go on strike for five hours this evening in a row over pensions.

The national strike from 7pm until midnight will see members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) walk out.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said the current storms and floods had highlighted the valuable and wide-ranging job firefighters do.

"Firefighters on duty over the festive period don't have much to celebrate this year and tonight's strikes will remind the government of the service we provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year of our careers,” he said.

"Nobody wants these strikes but firefighters remain extremely angry over the prospect of being priced out of their pensions and facing the sack owing to the government's ludicrous pretence that men and women of 60 can meet the same fitness standards as 20-year-olds.

"The government at Westminster has acknowledged our concerns but not done anything to seriously address them, so we welcome the chance to meet the government and hope this afternoon's meeting provides a genuine dialogue."

The union met with Fire Minister Brandon Lewis today to discuss their concerns and had previously reached an agreement that will see striking firefighters forced to return to duty in the event of major emergencies.

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7:51pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Europeanist64 says...

My sympathy is with the firefighters. We need to realise and value the psychological strength, along with the professional skills needed to attend: serious road accidents, house fires in which people have died and other traumatic incidents.

We value the contribution of MPs with high salaries, expenses, accommodation allowances, free rail travel, dependents allowances etc. etc.

It is time that the government and society faced up the contribution of front-line public service workers.
My sympathy is with the firefighters. We need to realise and value the psychological strength, along with the professional skills needed to attend: serious road accidents, house fires in which people have died and other traumatic incidents. We value the contribution of MPs with high salaries, expenses, accommodation allowances, free rail travel, dependents allowances etc. etc. It is time that the government and society faced up the contribution of front-line public service workers. Europeanist64
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11:24pm Tue 24 Dec 13

tub_thumper says...

What the hell are you talking about Europeanist64?! Do you realise the complications that these strikes will have upon us? How many times have the firefighters gone on strike these last couple of months? It's bloody rediculous! It's all over a pensions - but I'm sorry; they're not the only ones who are faced with a hard time. They do a brilliant job; granted. But striking at this time of year when we are on high flood alert is just selfish.

There are many people having to work over Christmas: police, doctors, nurses, health care assistants, care workers, support workers, hotel workers etc...

I say "diddums"!

Can you imagine what the outcome would be if ward staff at WRH walked out over pensions? And not just this time of year - ANY time if year!

And for all those who work for pittance, over Christmas I leave you with these words:
"Hospital staff on duty over the festive period don't have much to celebrate this year but they continue to work because they care. It's the service they provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year of their careers".

Enough said!

#justsaying
What the hell are you talking about Europeanist64?! Do you realise the complications that these strikes will have upon us? How many times have the firefighters gone on strike these last couple of months? It's bloody rediculous! It's all over a pensions - but I'm sorry; they're not the only ones who are faced with a hard time. They do a brilliant job; granted. But striking at this time of year when we are on high flood alert is just selfish. There are many people having to work over Christmas: police, doctors, nurses, health care assistants, care workers, support workers, hotel workers etc... I say "diddums"! Can you imagine what the outcome would be if ward staff at WRH walked out over pensions? And not just this time of year - ANY time if year! And for all those who work for pittance, over Christmas I leave you with these words: "Hospital staff on duty over the festive period don't have much to celebrate this year but they continue to work because they care. It's the service they provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year of their careers". Enough said! #justsaying tub_thumper
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1:50pm Wed 25 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

I have supported them over pay structures, and have put several £10's in their buckets in the past. But as said not many will have anywhere near the gold plated pensions they will receive. And millions of pensioners are having to manage on less that £7,000 per year having also played an important part in society.
I wonder whether they will get a pension from the second jobs many of them are able to have as well?
I have supported them over pay structures, and have put several £10's in their buckets in the past. But as said not many will have anywhere near the gold plated pensions they will receive. And millions of pensioners are having to manage on less that £7,000 per year having also played an important part in society. I wonder whether they will get a pension from the second jobs many of them are able to have as well? Jabbadad
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