Fire service strikes to continue for next eight days

Fire service strikes to continue for next eight days

Fire service strikes to continue for next eight days

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

FIREFIGHTERS will go on strike for three hours today over pensions — and will continue their industrial action for eight days.

The bitter dispute between firefighters and the government over pensions will not be solved if Labour wins the next election, a union boss has said.

Firefighters face having to work until they are aged 60 if planned changes to pension plans come into force in April, one month before the General Election.

Crews in Bolton will walk out for three hours each day until August 16.

Gary Keary, Greater Manchester brigade chair of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said: “My understanding is that the Labour party is committed to sticking to the Tories’ spending plans for the next year. I don’t see them rewriting a pension scheme that has been so butchered.”

David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East, said Mr Keary’s view is “realistic” as the economic climate will not allow Labour to deviate too much from the current government’s spending plans.

Mr Crausby said: “If and when Labour comes into office early next year the financial situation would have to have dramatically changed.

"We will have a difficult start. In 1997 we stuck with the Tories’ spending plans for two years and I’ve no reason to think it will be much different this time.

"The difficulty is that the only way in the short term to put things right will be to borrow more money, which people are not very enthusiastic about.”

Crews nationwide will strike from noon to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59pm on eight successive days.

The FBU says the government’s changes will put lives at risk and see firefighters dismissed for failing fitness tests in their late 50s.

Mr Keary added: “I am hopeful the new fire minister will see the weight of argument being put forward by the FBU.

"Industrial action is not something any of us wants but we feel as though we have been backed into a corner.”

Penny Mordaunt, who has replaced Brandon Lewis as fire minister, said: “The action by the FBU is completely futile and counterproductive to the interests of their members and the public.

"I hope they will soon realise that and re-engage so we can get this situation swiftly resolved.”

No industrial action is being taken in Scotland and Northern Ireland as improved pension proposals are being discussed.

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9:36am Sat 9 Aug 14

atlas123 says...

Dear Fire People;

Nobody cares any more.

Please go back to work/sleep and regain some public respect.
Dear Fire People; Nobody cares any more. Please go back to work/sleep and regain some public respect. atlas123
  • Score: 1

9:42am Sat 9 Aug 14

PA1978 says...

Funny how when teachers strike every man and his dog wants to leave a comment on here slating them, even though most if the comments are factually incorrect. When the fire brigade strike, it doesn't inspire the same scale of response. I wonder why.
Funny how when teachers strike every man and his dog wants to leave a comment on here slating them, even though most if the comments are factually incorrect. When the fire brigade strike, it doesn't inspire the same scale of response. I wonder why. PA1978
  • Score: 3

9:52am Sat 9 Aug 14

Gore Seer says...

I Have Always Been A Hourly Paid Worker, So My Wage Was Known By All, Lets All Look At The Firemen's Wage Scale, And The Discounts That Come With The Job, Then We Can Make A Fair Response To This Topic We As There Wage Payers Have That Right In My Opinion.
I Have Always Been A Hourly Paid Worker, So My Wage Was Known By All, Lets All Look At The Firemen's Wage Scale, And The Discounts That Come With The Job, Then We Can Make A Fair Response To This Topic We As There Wage Payers Have That Right In My Opinion. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

Whats new.there allways on strike.how sad.thats what you pay big council tax for
Whats new.there allways on strike.how sad.thats what you pay big council tax for artistpaint
  • Score: -4

3:34pm Sat 9 Aug 14

artistpaint says...

We should get money of our council tax every time.imagine how much we.d save...
lol
We should get money of our council tax every time.imagine how much we.d save... lol artistpaint
  • Score: 0

5:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Blackrod says...

I had no sympathy before and now they use the phrase "backed in to a corner" with these bullying techniques! Shameful and now hypocritical. Please note I do respect the work at all other times, its purely this life threatening manipulative, money wasting exercise that has lost my respect.
I had no sympathy before and now they use the phrase "backed in to a corner" with these bullying techniques! Shameful and now hypocritical. Please note I do respect the work at all other times, its purely this life threatening manipulative, money wasting exercise that has lost my respect. Blackrod
  • Score: -1

8:51pm Sat 9 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

We who pay your inflated wages allow you to take up your freedom of choice to work where you will respected and be happy. There are plenty people who would love your gilt edged lives and benefits.
PS. If your on strike could you stop using the fire engines
in your protests as im sure you wont be insured driving while off work.
We who pay your inflated wages allow you to take up your freedom of choice to work where you will respected and be happy. There are plenty people who would love your gilt edged lives and benefits. PS. If your on strike could you stop using the fire engines in your protests as im sure you wont be insured driving while off work. thomas222
  • Score: 1

1:46pm Sun 10 Aug 14

manchester1 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
I Have Always Been A Hourly Paid Worker, So My Wage Was Known By All, Lets All Look At The Firemen's Wage Scale, And The Discounts That Come With The Job, Then We Can Make A Fair Response To This Topic We As There Wage Payers Have That Right In My Opinion.
There you go:-

Trainee firefighters start on just over £21,000 a year. This rises to around £28,500 once qualified and passed as competent after probation.

Crew managers can earn up to £31,500 a year, and station managers can earn between £36,500 and £40,500 a year.

Plagiarised from a government website sorry cant remember which one
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I Have Always Been A Hourly Paid Worker, So My Wage Was Known By All, Lets All Look At The Firemen's Wage Scale, And The Discounts That Come With The Job, Then We Can Make A Fair Response To This Topic We As There Wage Payers Have That Right In My Opinion.[/p][/quote]There you go:- Trainee firefighters start on just over £21,000 a year. This rises to around £28,500 once qualified and passed as competent after probation. Crew managers can earn up to £31,500 a year, and station managers can earn between £36,500 and £40,500 a year. Plagiarised from a government website sorry cant remember which one manchester1
  • Score: 2

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