Firefighters announce strike over pensions

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Firefighters in Hertfordshire are to take part in industrial action over pensions this month, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

The strike will take place on June 12, lasting 24 hours, and June 21, lasting 37 hours from 10am, over a long running dispute with Government over pensions.

Firefighters last went on strike for three days at the beginning of May.

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3:22pm Thu 5 Jun 14

davidhornet says...

Makes a change from the usual PR nonsense we usually see from the fire brigade eg The fire brigade were called to a small fire in a bin and put it out. I guess these are just tweets reposted by the WO in the absence of real news. I feel that we need tweets from other public services such as binmen empty bin and put contents in refuse truck.....
Makes a change from the usual PR nonsense we usually see from the fire brigade eg The fire brigade were called to a small fire in a bin and put it out. I guess these are just tweets reposted by the WO in the absence of real news. I feel that we need tweets from other public services such as binmen empty bin and put contents in refuse truck..... davidhornet
  • Score: 5

6:04pm Thu 5 Jun 14

TRT says...

Solidarity comrades! Don't let them sit in their offices and tell you how to put out fires and rescue people from car crashes (or width restrictions) when they themselves wouldn't know one end of a hose from their trouser leg.
Solidarity comrades! Don't let them sit in their offices and tell you how to put out fires and rescue people from car crashes (or width restrictions) when they themselves wouldn't know one end of a hose from their trouser leg. TRT
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

davidhornet says...

First day of strike is.......first day of the World Cup. Coincidence?
First day of strike is.......first day of the World Cup. Coincidence? davidhornet
  • Score: 3

9:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

gasguzzler says...

The only occupation that you are actually payed to sleep whilst on duty !
The only occupation that you are actually payed to sleep whilst on duty ! gasguzzler
  • Score: 2

2:09am Fri 6 Jun 14

Paul Barbara says...

They, as well as other Emergency Services, would do well to strike about being forced to use the TETRA communication system, which is very seriously bad for their health.
They, as well as other Emergency Services, would do well to strike about being forced to use the TETRA communication system, which is very seriously bad for their health. Paul Barbara
  • Score: -4

8:13am Fri 6 Jun 14

garston tony says...

As the FB are striking over money I would like them to say which other public services/departments they would like to have their budgets and terms and conditions slashed in order to fund what they are asking for.

That in effect is what they are saying, there is x amount of money available and they want to maintain their share meaning that someone else has to suffer more. Wheres the solidarity there?
As the FB are striking over money I would like them to say which other public services/departments they would like to have their budgets and terms and conditions slashed in order to fund what they are asking for. That in effect is what they are saying, there is x amount of money available and they want to maintain their share meaning that someone else has to suffer more. Wheres the solidarity there? garston tony
  • Score: 5

10:38am Fri 6 Jun 14

Paul Barbara says...

There would be ample money in the Public Purse to adequately fund all these services, if the military budget was cut, and we stopped using lies and 'False Flag' events to justify waging war upon distant nations, particularly Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries on the planet, a country which has never invaded a neighbouring (or even a far distant) land, raining down missiles from drones and aircraft, for Geo-Political and financial gain (for the Banksters and Corporations) and to further the NWO agenda of a 'One World Tyranny' (they say 'Government', in their Alice in Wonderland, George Orwellese double-speak).
Also, we could resurrect the Bradbury Pound, and stop paying a bevy of private Banksters interest to print our money, but instead have a Government Agency tasked with printing British money, based on Britain's wealth & potential, and INTEREST FREE (check out Bradbury Pound).
Also there should be stringent laws in place to stop corruption by lobbyists of our politicians, so that they do not spend their time in office with their snouts in the trough.
There would be ample money in the Public Purse to adequately fund all these services, if the military budget was cut, and we stopped using lies and 'False Flag' events to justify waging war upon distant nations, particularly Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries on the planet, a country which has never invaded a neighbouring (or even a far distant) land, raining down missiles from drones and aircraft, for Geo-Political and financial gain (for the Banksters and Corporations) and to further the NWO agenda of a 'One World Tyranny' (they say 'Government', in their Alice in Wonderland, George Orwellese double-speak). Also, we could resurrect the Bradbury Pound, and stop paying a bevy of private Banksters interest to print our money, but instead have a Government Agency tasked with printing British money, based on Britain's wealth & potential, and INTEREST FREE (check out Bradbury Pound). Also there should be stringent laws in place to stop corruption by lobbyists of our politicians, so that they do not spend their time in office with their snouts in the trough. Paul Barbara
  • Score: 0

11:51am Fri 6 Jun 14

garston tony says...

Paul Barbara wrote:
There would be ample money in the Public Purse to adequately fund all these services, if the military budget was cut, and we stopped using lies and 'False Flag' events to justify waging war upon distant nations, particularly Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries on the planet, a country which has never invaded a neighbouring (or even a far distant) land, raining down missiles from drones and aircraft, for Geo-Political and financial gain (for the Banksters and Corporations) and to further the NWO agenda of a 'One World Tyranny' (they say 'Government', in their Alice in Wonderland, George Orwellese double-speak). Also, we could resurrect the Bradbury Pound, and stop paying a bevy of private Banksters interest to print our money, but instead have a Government Agency tasked with printing British money, based on Britain's wealth & potential, and INTEREST FREE (check out Bradbury Pound). Also there should be stringent laws in place to stop corruption by lobbyists of our politicians, so that they do not spend their time in office with their snouts in the trough.
The military budget does not equal the governements deficit so cutting it even in its entirity would not mean 'ample money'. It would still mean huge debt!

Your other two idea have some merit but would again not resolve the fire fighters gripe
[quote][p][bold]Paul Barbara[/bold] wrote: There would be ample money in the Public Purse to adequately fund all these services, if the military budget was cut, and we stopped using lies and 'False Flag' events to justify waging war upon distant nations, particularly Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries on the planet, a country which has never invaded a neighbouring (or even a far distant) land, raining down missiles from drones and aircraft, for Geo-Political and financial gain (for the Banksters and Corporations) and to further the NWO agenda of a 'One World Tyranny' (they say 'Government', in their Alice in Wonderland, George Orwellese double-speak). Also, we could resurrect the Bradbury Pound, and stop paying a bevy of private Banksters interest to print our money, but instead have a Government Agency tasked with printing British money, based on Britain's wealth & potential, and INTEREST FREE (check out Bradbury Pound). Also there should be stringent laws in place to stop corruption by lobbyists of our politicians, so that they do not spend their time in office with their snouts in the trough.[/p][/quote]The military budget does not equal the governements deficit so cutting it even in its entirity would not mean 'ample money'. It would still mean huge debt! Your other two idea have some merit but would again not resolve the fire fighters gripe garston tony
  • Score: 4

1:59pm Fri 6 Jun 14

pepsiman says...

Before 2010, firefighters already contributed one of the highest proportions of their salary towards their pensions (11%), and in April this increased for the third year running.

Firefighters typically now pay over £4,000 a year from a £29,000 salary, and the government has announced they will impose another increase in 2015.

The FBU says increasing numbers of members are considering leaving the pension scheme as a result of its decreasing affordability — posing difficult questions over its sustainability.

Under the government’s proposals, firefighters who are forced to retire before the age of 60 as a result of ageing will have half of their pension taken away.

Its a shameful government SCAM - if you cant run up and down a ladder right up to 60 years old you will be sacked and loose half your pension. The fire service is unlike any other industry and the retirement age should be left as it is.

The government’s own report, published in December 2013 by Dr Tony Williams, found that large numbers of firefighters would be unable to maintain operational fitness until 60.
Before 2010, firefighters already contributed one of the highest proportions of their salary towards their pensions (11%), and in April this increased for the third year running. Firefighters typically now pay over £4,000 a year from a £29,000 salary, and the government has announced they will impose another increase in 2015. The FBU says increasing numbers of members are considering leaving the pension scheme as a result of its decreasing affordability — posing difficult questions over its sustainability. Under the government’s proposals, firefighters who are forced to retire before the age of 60 as a result of ageing will have half of their pension taken away. Its a shameful government SCAM - if you cant run up and down a ladder right up to 60 years old you will be sacked and loose half your pension. The fire service is unlike any other industry and the retirement age should be left as it is. The government’s own report, published in December 2013 by Dr Tony Williams, found that large numbers of firefighters would be unable to maintain operational fitness until 60. pepsiman
  • Score: 1

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