Firefighters striking on Christmas and New Year's eve

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FIREFIGHTERS are set to strike again over pensions in England and Wales on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Firefighters campaigning against government attacks on their pensions will strike in England and Wales on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

Strikes will take place between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24, 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31 and 12.30am on Wednesday, January 1.

Another strike will also take place between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

As with previous strikes, on the three dates all FBU members in England and Wales will stop work apart from those working in control centres.

And between 7pm on Friday, December 27 and 7pm on Sunday December 29, all firefighters in England, Scotland and Wales except those working in control will refuse to work voluntary overtime.

The ban on voluntary overtime comes after a second ballot of FBU members voted by almost nine to one for additional industrial action on top of strikes.

Fire Brigade Union general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind the Government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.

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“However, there should be no need for industrial action, and it’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.

“By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today.”

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6:43pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Thornburyboy says...

There's no real problem here. The government on behalf of the taxpayer has not unreasonably set a limit to what the taxpayer will contribute to all public sector workers pensions including the armed services. Given that level of contribution, it is not beyond the actuarial profession to calculate what contribution firefighters would need to make to retire at any age. It is then up to the firefighters to select what is for them the optimum combination of pension age and contribution. I'm afraid that firefighters will have to understand sooner or later that taxpayers, the majority of whom are suffering stagnating or falling income and will not get a pension remotely as good as the deal on offer to firefighters, cannot and will not fund their lavish aspirations.
There's no real problem here. The government on behalf of the taxpayer has not unreasonably set a limit to what the taxpayer will contribute to all public sector workers pensions including the armed services. Given that level of contribution, it is not beyond the actuarial profession to calculate what contribution firefighters would need to make to retire at any age. It is then up to the firefighters to select what is for them the optimum combination of pension age and contribution. I'm afraid that firefighters will have to understand sooner or later that taxpayers, the majority of whom are suffering stagnating or falling income and will not get a pension remotely as good as the deal on offer to firefighters, cannot and will not fund their lavish aspirations. Thornburyboy

2:47pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Cuthbert Thickett says...

A predictable contribution from Toryboy, never misses a chance to have a go at anyone who works in, or delivers a public service. Accusations of firefighters having "lavish" aspirations is frankly rediculous and part of the right wing "divide and rule" culture that thornbury boy is promulgating. There is no doubt that public sector funding, including pensions will needs to be reviewed, but surely you cannot expect changes to existing terms and conditions to accepted without a squeak of protest. In a democratic society we all have the right to fight for what we believe is right.
A predictable contribution from Toryboy, never misses a chance to have a go at anyone who works in, or delivers a public service. Accusations of firefighters having "lavish" aspirations is frankly rediculous and part of the right wing "divide and rule" culture that thornbury boy is promulgating. There is no doubt that public sector funding, including pensions will needs to be reviewed, but surely you cannot expect changes to existing terms and conditions to accepted without a squeak of protest. In a democratic society we all have the right to fight for what we believe is right. Cuthbert Thickett

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