More strike action by firefighters

The Bolton News: Red Watch firefighters at Bolton Central Fire Station keep warm during their strike earlier this year Red Watch firefighters at Bolton Central Fire Station keep warm during their strike earlier this year

FIREFIGHTERS will go on strike again in Bolton over the weekend in their continued fight against government pension reforms.

Crews will walk out for the fifth and sixth times tonight and tomorrow night between 6pm and 10pm.

Unions said the latest walk-out is an attempt to encourage the government to resume negotiations after two months with no discussions.

The same emergency contingency plans will be used as for the previous strikes.

Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, said: “It’s now been almost two months since the government has been willing to meet us for negotiations despite several invitations from us.

“Until they do and until they start to actually resolve the dispute, we’ll keep up the pressure for the sake of public safety and our members’ pensions.”

The FBU is angered by government proposals to raise the retirement age of firefighters from 55 to 60, which they feel is too old to be providing crucial and physically demanding assistance.

Evidence suggests that at least two-hirds of the current workforce would be unable to maintain the fitness standards required by the fire service beyond the age of 55.

Such firefighters risk being dismissed or having their pension reduced by almost half.

County Fire Officer for Greater Manchester Steve McGuirk said: “We have recruited and trained an emergency fire crew to provide fire cover.

“This will be much reduced from our usual service with fewer engines attending a limited range of incidents and we will be prioritising calls.

“People need make sure they have a working smoke alarm, know the main causes of fire, have a fire escape plan and carry out a bedtime routine.”

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4:12pm Fri 13 Dec 13

llcoolwayne says...

Come on where are you???? Where are the retards who slag off the firefighters??? Time for you to crawl out of your worm holes.
Come on where are you???? Where are the retards who slag off the firefighters??? Time for you to crawl out of your worm holes. llcoolwayne

5:50pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Andyroo008 says...

I’m currently 52 years old and unemployed. My up to date retirement age is now 66 years.
I’m thinking of a career in the Fire Service in order to retire at 55 or 60 or whichever comes first.
My late grandfather was born in 1899 at St. Helens, was an ambulance driver in the army during WW1 and was also captured in the war in Germany and held as a POW, but don’t ask me how. On his release he become a self employed window cleaner until the day of his death at the age of 68 years. His daughter n law ( my mother), worked her fingers to the bone until she was 62 years of age ( never mind these Eastern Europeans), the only reward my mother got was put in a wooden box then buried 6’ under ground at Westhoughton Cemetery . If firefighters wants to retire from the service at the age of 55 years then move to another job until you reach pension age. Simples. At the end of the day, we all get old and slow down, what make you firefighters so special from the rest of emergency personnel? I will never know. You all not called out on a fire on every watch, in the Bolton News a fire endangering life’s is reported in the Bolton area once in a blue moon or once every two weeks without endangering life’s.
I’m currently 52 years old and unemployed. My up to date retirement age is now 66 years. I’m thinking of a career in the Fire Service in order to retire at 55 or 60 or whichever comes first. My late grandfather was born in 1899 at St. Helens, was an ambulance driver in the army during WW1 and was also captured in the war in Germany and held as a POW, but don’t ask me how. On his release he become a self employed window cleaner until the day of his death at the age of 68 years. His daughter n law ( my mother), worked her fingers to the bone until she was 62 years of age ( never mind these Eastern Europeans), the only reward my mother got was put in a wooden box then buried 6’ under ground at Westhoughton Cemetery . If firefighters wants to retire from the service at the age of 55 years then move to another job until you reach pension age. Simples. At the end of the day, we all get old and slow down, what make you firefighters so special from the rest of emergency personnel? I will never know. You all not called out on a fire on every watch, in the Bolton News a fire endangering life’s is reported in the Bolton area once in a blue moon or once every two weeks without endangering life’s. Andyroo008

8:16pm Fri 13 Dec 13

llcoolwayne says...

I,ll put it down to ignorance and not knowing all the facts, look at the ambulance service??? look at A&E??? look at the Cops???, one day you will phone for the Fire Service and youll be lucky to get a response within an hour, i,ll leave it with you retards.........
I,ll put it down to ignorance and not knowing all the facts, look at the ambulance service??? look at A&E??? look at the Cops???, one day you will phone for the Fire Service and youll be lucky to get a response within an hour, i,ll leave it with you retards......... llcoolwayne

8:10am Mon 16 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

llcoolwayne wrote:
I,ll put it down to ignorance and not knowing all the facts, look at the ambulance service??? look at A&E??? look at the Cops???, one day you will phone for the Fire Service and youll be lucky to get a response within an hour, i,ll leave it with you retards.........
A plumber a kitchen fitter a fireman their on and the same ...... not many careers allow time for 2 or 3 jobs in the same week....
[quote][p][bold]llcoolwayne[/bold] wrote: I,ll put it down to ignorance and not knowing all the facts, look at the ambulance service??? look at A&E??? look at the Cops???, one day you will phone for the Fire Service and youll be lucky to get a response within an hour, i,ll leave it with you retards.........[/p][/quote]A plumber a kitchen fitter a fireman their on and the same ...... not many careers allow time for 2 or 3 jobs in the same week.... serendipity2

8:15am Mon 16 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

serendipity2 wrote:
llcoolwayne wrote:
I,ll put it down to ignorance and not knowing all the facts, look at the ambulance service??? look at A&E??? look at the Cops???, one day you will phone for the Fire Service and youll be lucky to get a response within an hour, i,ll leave it with you retards.........
A plumber a kitchen fitter a fireman their on and the same ...... not many careers allow time for 2 or 3 jobs in the same week....
Unhappy with the salary easy move careers iots the same in any job jobsite.co.uk ! There will be plenty of willing takers for your jobs...
[quote][p][bold]serendipity2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llcoolwayne[/bold] wrote: I,ll put it down to ignorance and not knowing all the facts, look at the ambulance service??? look at A&E??? look at the Cops???, one day you will phone for the Fire Service and youll be lucky to get a response within an hour, i,ll leave it with you retards.........[/p][/quote]A plumber a kitchen fitter a fireman their on and the same ...... not many careers allow time for 2 or 3 jobs in the same week....[/p][/quote]Unhappy with the salary easy move careers iots the same in any job jobsite.co.uk ! There will be plenty of willing takers for your jobs... serendipity2

8:17am Mon 16 Dec 13

serendipity2 says...

Smokeless ? fuel in that drum then thats a abreach of the counncil byelaws...
Smokeless ? fuel in that drum then thats a abreach of the counncil byelaws... serendipity2

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