Firefighters take to picket line in latest strike action

The Bolton News: Firefighters strike over pensions outside Bolton Central Fire Station Firefighters strike over pensions outside Bolton Central Fire Station

FIREFIGHTERS at Bolton Central station took to the picket line this morning for the latest round of industrial action.

Crews walked out from 6.30am until 8.30am as part of a long-running row with the government over pensions.

The row centres on increased pension contributions and firefighters being asked to work until they are 60 in order to be given their pension.

Crew manager Steve Green said: "Personally I have no problem working until i'm 60 but I'll have to do a fitness test at 55 designed for a 20 year old and if I fail it, I will be sacked without the pension that I have worked for.

"The government have said if these changes come in then jobs will be protected for 10 years, but after that ten years there will be over 7,000 firefighters over the age of 55 and they will just get rid of them.

"How many 60 year olds can climb up ladders to help people?"

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12:48pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Donkey Stone says...

Welcome to the real world.
Welcome to the real world. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 7

3:10pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

I hope Mark AllRead won't be wanting the fire service while they are on strike.
I hope Mark AllRead won't be wanting the fire service while they are on strike. Hough64
  • Score: 2

4:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

llcoolwayne says...

Keep striking lads, I'm behind you all the way, ignore the ignorant uneducated morons who post their drivel.
Keep striking lads, I'm behind you all the way, ignore the ignorant uneducated morons who post their drivel. llcoolwayne
  • Score: -2

6:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

So, what happens if someone nips in whilst they're on strike and sets fire to their snooker table?
So, what happens if someone nips in whilst they're on strike and sets fire to their snooker table? I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Fri 3 Jan 14

boltonchap says...

I'm not a great fan of the public sector pension bonanza. Firefighters are an exception. I take this view from a strictly selfish perspective. If my house is on fire and we are trapped upstairs I want fit and strong firefighters to come to our rescue. More objectively it's not fair expecting older firefighters to take significant risks when their physical prowess is less than optimum.
I'm not a great fan of the public sector pension bonanza. Firefighters are an exception. I take this view from a strictly selfish perspective. If my house is on fire and we are trapped upstairs I want fit and strong firefighters to come to our rescue. More objectively it's not fair expecting older firefighters to take significant risks when their physical prowess is less than optimum. boltonchap
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Harold 1 says...

Little sympathy for them.All public sector workers have taken a big hit in their pensions and have to work longer to get them . Why not let them go at 55 but freeze their pensions.Most of them have second jobs anyway. Maybe they could learn to swim in their spare time.
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They belong to the 70's ...get real
Little sympathy for them.All public sector workers have taken a big hit in their pensions and have to work longer to get them . Why not let them go at 55 but freeze their pensions.Most of them have second jobs anyway. Maybe they could learn to swim in their spare time. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2104935/Fire-chief-t old-policeman-leave- drowning-man-3ft-dee p-lake-half-boot-dee p.html They belong to the 70's ...get real Harold 1
  • Score: 10

10:02pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

Why do you think there is a queue one hundred miles long to be a fire"fighter" - answer it's overpaid, underworked and over-pensioned. Have a look at some of the trivial stuff they get called out to in the BN charm offensive articles. Serious incidents are VERY rare, most of the time they are NOT attending fires and the job is not in the 10 most dangerous occupations in the UK. Why should they get such over-generous pensions?
Why do you think there is a queue one hundred miles long to be a fire"fighter" - answer it's overpaid, underworked and over-pensioned. Have a look at some of the trivial stuff they get called out to in the BN charm offensive articles. Serious incidents are VERY rare, most of the time they are NOT attending fires and the job is not in the 10 most dangerous occupations in the UK. Why should they get such over-generous pensions? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 2

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