Firefighters to strike for eight days as row over pensions continues

Matt Wrack

Matt Wrack

First published in News

FIRE crews in Bolton are set to take their protracted row with the government over pensions to new levels when they strike for eight successive days.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) are set to walk out for a total of 30 hours between Monday, July 14 and July 21.

Crews at Bolton Central, Bolton North and Farnworth will also stage their 15th strike since August last year by joining public sector workers on July 10 in walking out from 10am to 7pm.

The FBU is accusing the government of carrying out a “vicious” attack on firefighters’ pensions.

Union members are protesting over the government's plans to increase pension contributions and raise the retirement age for firefighters from 55 to 60.

During the eight-day action, crews will not work from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm on the first four days, before staging a two-hour overnight strike from 11pm on Friday, July 18.

Firefighters will strike from 11am to 1pm on July 19 and for the second time overnight that evening.

The sequence of industrial action ends with a solitary strike from 5pm to 7pm on July 20 and a morning and evening strike on July 21.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures — and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.

“We have tried every route available to us to make the government see sense over their attacks.

“Three years of negotiations have come to nothing because the government is simply unwilling to compromise, or even listen to reason, despite a huge amount of evidence showing their planned scheme is unworkable.

"Shorter strike periods have illustrated the strength of feeling among firefighters while limiting disruption to the fire service, the public and our members’ working lives.”

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11:43am Tue 8 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Implement your freedom of choice. The choice to leave your employment if your not happy being treated the same way every one else in the Country is. There are many would love to take your places.
Implement your freedom of choice. The choice to leave your employment if your not happy being treated the same way every one else in the Country is. There are many would love to take your places. thomas222
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12:22pm Tue 8 Jul 14

bradleyfoldjock says...

Got to agree with thomas222. Lads & lasses of GMFB welcome to the real world. If you're not happy leave & get another job. You will then find out most working people are in the same boat.
Got to agree with thomas222. Lads & lasses of GMFB welcome to the real world. If you're not happy leave & get another job. You will then find out most working people are in the same boat. bradleyfoldjock
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4:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Lynn57 says...

The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.
The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last. Lynn57
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Lynn57 wrote:
The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.
Go on Bradshawgate friday and saturday night with the engines and staff having a lovely night with the ladies..... most firemen have at least two jobs.. i know three who do. People would murder to get those jobs.. free uniform, free food, discount shopping, great holidays, great pension and great pay... plus early retirement.... open yr eyes Lynn.
[quote][p][bold]Lynn57[/bold] wrote: The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.[/p][/quote]Go on Bradshawgate friday and saturday night with the engines and staff having a lovely night with the ladies..... most firemen have at least two jobs.. i know three who do. People would murder to get those jobs.. free uniform, free food, discount shopping, great holidays, great pension and great pay... plus early retirement.... open yr eyes Lynn. thomas222
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5:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

llcoolwayne says...

thomas222 wrote:
Lynn57 wrote:
The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.
Go on Bradshawgate friday and saturday night with the engines and staff having a lovely night with the ladies..... most firemen have at least two jobs.. i know three who do. People would murder to get those jobs.. free uniform, free food, discount shopping, great holidays, great pension and great pay... plus early retirement.... open yr eyes Lynn.
They don't get free food, they pay a lot of money each month for the 'Great Pension' they don't have great holidays, they are told when they can have time off and if it doesn't fit in with a partner then tuff , please try and get your facts right
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynn57[/bold] wrote: The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.[/p][/quote]Go on Bradshawgate friday and saturday night with the engines and staff having a lovely night with the ladies..... most firemen have at least two jobs.. i know three who do. People would murder to get those jobs.. free uniform, free food, discount shopping, great holidays, great pension and great pay... plus early retirement.... open yr eyes Lynn.[/p][/quote]They don't get free food, they pay a lot of money each month for the 'Great Pension' they don't have great holidays, they are told when they can have time off and if it doesn't fit in with a partner then tuff , please try and get your facts right llcoolwayne
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6:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

llcoolwayne wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Lynn57 wrote:
The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.
Go on Bradshawgate friday and saturday night with the engines and staff having a lovely night with the ladies..... most firemen have at least two jobs.. i know three who do. People would murder to get those jobs.. free uniform, free food, discount shopping, great holidays, great pension and great pay... plus early retirement.... open yr eyes Lynn.
They don't get free food, they pay a lot of money each month for the 'Great Pension' they don't have great holidays, they are told when they can have time off and if it doesn't fit in with a partner then tuff , please try and get your facts right
Not happy then leave its not rocket science is it. Many people do that if they dont like how they are being treated but guess what.... not one will leave £28 k work or play is hard to get today and most people have the same holiday problems with a lot less money. You dont mention the second jobs many have.. Most people are to knackered if they had two jobs. Must be hard for them now their beds have been taken away.
[quote][p][bold]llcoolwayne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lynn57[/bold] wrote: The thing is that most working people are not working long gruelling shifts in a dangerous job not private sector ones anyway. Neither are they paying 14 percent of their salaries in good faith into a pension scheme so that they can retire at a reasonable age only to find that this public sector hating govt had essentially torn up their contracts. If the "many that would love to take their place" are so keen then they should apply and see how long they would last.[/p][/quote]Go on Bradshawgate friday and saturday night with the engines and staff having a lovely night with the ladies..... most firemen have at least two jobs.. i know three who do. People would murder to get those jobs.. free uniform, free food, discount shopping, great holidays, great pension and great pay... plus early retirement.... open yr eyes Lynn.[/p][/quote]They don't get free food, they pay a lot of money each month for the 'Great Pension' they don't have great holidays, they are told when they can have time off and if it doesn't fit in with a partner then tuff , please try and get your facts right[/p][/quote]Not happy then leave its not rocket science is it. Many people do that if they dont like how they are being treated but guess what.... not one will leave £28 k work or play is hard to get today and most people have the same holiday problems with a lot less money. You dont mention the second jobs many have.. Most people are to knackered if they had two jobs. Must be hard for them now their beds have been taken away. thomas222
  • Score: 3

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