Firefighters strike again in row over pensions

Firefighters on the picket line at Bolton Central Fire Station

Firefighters on the picket line at Bolton Central Fire Station

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

FIREFIGHTERS walked out on strike as part of an ongoing dispute with the government over pens-ions.

Crews from across Bolton and the country took part in the industrial action between noon and 5pm yesterday.

Further strikes will take place today between 2pm and 2pm and from 10am until 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales will strike for a total of 22 hours, after the government passed legislation to increase their retirement age from 55 to 60.

The FBU claims firefighters who retire at the age of 55 now stand to lose 45 per cent of their pension.

Crew manager Richard Henthorne, from Bolton Central, said: “I think this strike shows the strength of feeling towards what the government is trying to do to us, because we don’t take this sort of action lightly.

“There are some lads here who aren’t even affected by it but they have still turned up to support us. It’s a massive boost to see the together-ness and spirit of everyone here today.”

Mr Henthorne’s sent-iments were echoed by his colleagues. Andy Kopicki, a firefighter from Bolton Central, said: “We signed up for a pension scheme and the government is trying to change the level of contribution to that scheme. If you sign a deal, both parties should agree on the terms of it. If you signed a mortgage deal, you wouldn’t suddenly completely change the terms of that. We want to make a stand to show that we are not happy.”

As part of the strikes, the FBU has announced a ban on voluntary overtime between noon on May 2 and noon on May 9.

Similar contingency plans to the previous strikes have been announced by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, with the public warned that it may not be possible to attend less serious callouts such as small rubbish fires and lift failures.

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8:17am Sat 3 May 14

p.rhanna says...

Nobody's interested in your strike.....Get back to work ..... !
Nobody's interested in your strike.....Get back to work ..... ! p.rhanna
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5:08pm Sat 3 May 14

Harold 1 says...

Militant buch of softies .They all retire early on spurious ill health grounds anyway .The rest of the state sector have taken and accepted a massive pension penalty.Grow up and get back to work !
Militant buch of softies .They all retire early on spurious ill health grounds anyway .The rest of the state sector have taken and accepted a massive pension penalty.Grow up and get back to work ! Harold 1
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6:24pm Sat 3 May 14

JustBecause says...

Hers an idea, get another job.

Sack the lot of them, most have 2 jobs on there cushy 4 on 4 off, why should they retire on a great pension at 55, back to the real world.

The list to join the fire service is a very long one these can be replace in a matter of weeks.
Hers an idea, get another job. Sack the lot of them, most have 2 jobs on there cushy 4 on 4 off, why should they retire on a great pension at 55, back to the real world. The list to join the fire service is a very long one these can be replace in a matter of weeks. JustBecause
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10:38pm Sat 3 May 14

cranks says...

Apart rom the residents of paderborn court who have too listen to there siren practices i would guess nobody else has missed them unless you are unfotunate enough to have a severe road accident where the roof normally comes off the vehicle.....come on surely a pension at 60 is fair when the overworked/undervalu
ed nhs worker is about to be 65 plus.....at least they are busy all the time when at work?
Apart rom the residents of paderborn court who have too listen to there siren practices i would guess nobody else has missed them unless you are unfotunate enough to have a severe road accident where the roof normally comes off the vehicle.....come on surely a pension at 60 is fair when the overworked/undervalu ed nhs worker is about to be 65 plus.....at least they are busy all the time when at work? cranks
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8:12am Sun 4 May 14

Keeper of the Peace says...

JustBecause wrote:
Hers an idea, get another job.

Sack the lot of them, most have 2 jobs on there cushy 4 on 4 off, why should they retire on a great pension at 55, back to the real world.

The list to join the fire service is a very long one these can be replace in a matter of weeks.
Here's an idea, go back to school
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Hers an idea, get another job. Sack the lot of them, most have 2 jobs on there cushy 4 on 4 off, why should they retire on a great pension at 55, back to the real world. The list to join the fire service is a very long one these can be replace in a matter of weeks.[/p][/quote]Here's an idea, go back to school Keeper of the Peace
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7:54pm Sun 4 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

If a firefighter signed up until they are 55 then why should they lose 45% of their pension if they choose to retire at 55 ?
Members of the armed forces retire with a pension at 40 years old because they are getting to old to do the job, the gap is filled by young people joining up keeping our armed forces young fit and healthy, would folks like Dads army defending us?
If a firefighter signed up until they are 55 then why should they lose 45% of their pension if they choose to retire at 55 ? Members of the armed forces retire with a pension at 40 years old because they are getting to old to do the job, the gap is filled by young people joining up keeping our armed forces young fit and healthy, would folks like Dads army defending us? mr.mark.c
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