Firefighters set for fifteenth strike this year

Firefighters set for fifteenth strike this year

Firefighters set for fifteenth strike this year

First published in News Crewe Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CHESHIRE firefighters are set to once again join colleagues nationwide in strike action.

Firefighters, along with hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers, will be on strike between 10am and 7pm on Thursday, July 10, for the fifteenth time in the Fire Brigade Union’s campaign.

The long-running dispute over firefighters’ pensions will see a further day of strikes at the same time as a walk out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.


Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.


“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on 10 July.


“The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.


“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions.


“If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”


The firefighters’ dispute has continued for months as the FBU says firefighters are facing the imposition of a pension that ignores the physical demands of the job they do.


Wrack added: “Despite endless assurances they have done precisely nothing to address the threat to firefighters as their fitness declines in their 50s.


“Firefighting is a dangerous and physically demanding job which requires specific fitness standards.


“It is obvious to everyone that it is more and more difficult to meet those standards in your 50s compared to your 20s.


“Firefighters in that position face a stark choice of being sacked or losing half their pension.


“This is outrageous and all the claims that the government values our firefighters have been exposed as an utter lie.”


Firefighters were last on strike on Saturday, June 21, and the FBU are expected to announce a further strike in the next week.


The FBU recently launched a legal challenge against the government’s proposals, saying that reducing the pensions available to firefighters by different amounts depending on when they retire after 55 amounts to age discrimination.

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12:11pm Sat 5 Jul 14

hectorplain says...

Wrack added: “Despite endless assurances they have done precisely nothing to address the threat to firefighters as their fitness declines in their 50s.


It's not just our fitness that declines as we approach our fifties.
Our ability to analyse a difficult and dangerous situation may also be impaired by the reduction in brain processing power resulting from time-related cell degradation.

Don't forget, you need more than a bucket of sand to fight a fire.

It takes years of training to do this difficult and hazardous job.

So Mr Grey Suited bureaucrat take your thieving mitts off our hard earned pension pot!.
Wrack added: “Despite endless assurances they have done precisely nothing to address the threat to firefighters as their fitness declines in their 50s. It's not just our fitness that declines as we approach our fifties. Our ability to analyse a difficult and dangerous situation may also be impaired by the reduction in brain processing power resulting from time-related cell degradation. Don't forget, you need more than a bucket of sand to fight a fire. It takes years of training to do this difficult and hazardous job. So Mr Grey Suited bureaucrat take your thieving mitts off our hard earned pension pot!. hectorplain
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12:04pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Higgy40 says...

Whislt I have every admiration for the work firefighters do and hold them in high regard, I do believe they need to be careful what they wish for.

If I had spent fifteen hours (let alone) days on strike in the last year, I know where I would be now. At the back of the job queue, accepting the scraps that no-one else wants.

Whilst I undertand the FBU concerns about pensions and retirement ages, welcome to the real world, that the majority of us have to live with on a daily basis, without the protection of the public sector to prop us up.

And before all the do-gooders start criticising me for not understanding what a dangerous job the fireman do, I to work in an industry where it is life threatening to work (every day) and I have to work until I am 67 and have to pay for my own pension, and I guarantee my salary is no bigger than a firemans.

Welcome to the real world.
Whislt I have every admiration for the work firefighters do and hold them in high regard, I do believe they need to be careful what they wish for. If I had spent fifteen hours (let alone) days on strike in the last year, I know where I would be now. At the back of the job queue, accepting the scraps that no-one else wants. Whilst I undertand the FBU concerns about pensions and retirement ages, welcome to the real world, that the majority of us have to live with on a daily basis, without the protection of the public sector to prop us up. And before all the do-gooders start criticising me for not understanding what a dangerous job the fireman do, I to work in an industry where it is life threatening to work (every day) and I have to work until I am 67 and have to pay for my own pension, and I guarantee my salary is no bigger than a firemans. Welcome to the real world. Higgy40
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6:54pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Middlewichresident says...

Higgy40.

I and many others agree with your comments.

Just been listening to the Vauxhall workers who have had to except a lot of drops in pay, holidays and pensions but they have accepted it as otherwise there would be no job.

It's time firemen accepted things have changed.
Higgy40. I and many others agree with your comments. Just been listening to the Vauxhall workers who have had to except a lot of drops in pay, holidays and pensions but they have accepted it as otherwise there would be no job. It's time firemen accepted things have changed. Middlewichresident
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9:06am Mon 14 Jul 14

Muddlewich resident says...

I agree with the firefighters point about physical fitness, but to then suggest that mental fitness is also at risk after 50 is then jeopardising other roles, such as teachers for example.
Are the fire fighters really saying that many in their 50's lack the mental skills to assess situations? If so, then sure this applies to ALL employees and is therefore a national pension age issue?
I agree with the firefighters point about physical fitness, but to then suggest that mental fitness is also at risk after 50 is then jeopardising other roles, such as teachers for example. Are the fire fighters really saying that many in their 50's lack the mental skills to assess situations? If so, then sure this applies to ALL employees and is therefore a national pension age issue? Muddlewich resident
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