Firefighters announce three further days of strike action over Christmas

Darlington and Stockton Times: Firefighters have announced further strike action Firefighters have announced further strike action

FIREFIGHTERS are due to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as part of their ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have lined up three days of strikes over the holiday period.

The proposed strikes are between 7pm and midnight on Christmas Eve, 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve to 12.30am on New Year’s Day and 6.30am to 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

Workers in fire brigade call centres across the UK will refuse to work voluntary overtime on Christmas Eve too. The call centres will be manned during the strike.

All firefighters across the UK, except those working in control, will refuse to work voluntary overtime between 7pm on Friday, December 27 and 7pm on Sunday, December 29.

Matt Wrack, FBU General Secretary, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

“These strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.

“There should be no need for industrial action, and it’s absurd that firefighters’ concerns over pensions have not been addressed.”

The union is at loggerheads with the Government over proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions which it says would mean its members having to work until they are older.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had contingency plans in place to cater for the strikes.

Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The service has plans in place to offer a limited response service during industrial action.

“Appliances are available to attend incidents across the whole of Tyne and Wear and their attendance at incidents will be prioritised according to the risk to life and property.”

Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We would advise people to take extra care and follow some simple steps to reduce the risk of fire.

“We will continue to provide a professional response in the event of a fire or other emergency during strike action on these most recently announced strike dates.”

Details of the proposed industrial action can be found at //bit.ly/FBUxmasstrikes.

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6:59pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Snilly says...

Stand together lads this Government are wrong I don't want some old firefighter to endanger their life helping me.
Stand together lads this Government are wrong I don't want some old firefighter to endanger their life helping me. Snilly
  • Score: 6

7:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Red rose lad says...

Cynical, typical and bloody shameful.
Cynical, typical and bloody shameful. Red rose lad
  • Score: 2

8:11pm Mon 16 Dec 13

sineater says...

Yeh, Cynical, typical,and shameful,workers standing up for their rites,they should be grateful to have a job,and just work for a pittance, while bankers tax avoiders and the like pillage the country.
Yeh, Cynical, typical,and shameful,workers standing up for their rites,they should be grateful to have a job,and just work for a pittance, while bankers tax avoiders and the like pillage the country. sineater
  • Score: -8

8:36pm Mon 16 Dec 13

november 1-1 says...

Red rose lad wrote:
Cynical, typical and bloody shameful.
YES THIS government certainly is. Why has there been an expulsion of food banks in the UK - because of the cynical bedroom tax imposed by this half baked, half brain bunch of rich buggers who wouldn't know a day's work if it fell on them.

Stand your ground lads WE need you, the best F ire service in the world.
[quote][p][bold]Red rose lad[/bold] wrote: Cynical, typical and bloody shameful.[/p][/quote]YES THIS government certainly is. Why has there been an expulsion of food banks in the UK - because of the cynical bedroom tax imposed by this half baked, half brain bunch of rich buggers who wouldn't know a day's work if it fell on them. Stand your ground lads WE need you, the best F ire service in the world. november 1-1
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Mon 16 Dec 13

behonest says...

So firefighters will have to accept a normal retirement age of 60, yet still be able to draw an immediate pension from the age of 55. And thousands of them, aged in their mid-forties or older, will have their existing pension rights protected - no change at all. Just a little different from the private sector then.

Oh, it must be tough working on these public sector terms and conditions. No wonder they're prepared to allow young kids to burn to death on Xmas Eve whilst waiting for Santa, rather than accept such a 'harsh' pension scheme.
So firefighters will have to accept a normal retirement age of 60, yet still be able to draw an immediate pension from the age of 55. And thousands of them, aged in their mid-forties or older, will have their existing pension rights protected - no change at all. Just a little different from the private sector then. Oh, it must be tough working on these public sector terms and conditions. No wonder they're prepared to allow young kids to burn to death on Xmas Eve whilst waiting for Santa, rather than accept such a 'harsh' pension scheme. behonest
  • Score: 2

9:59pm Mon 16 Dec 13

tabby67 says...

I think they need something written in their contract that does not allow them to strike putting peoples lives at risk, I'm sure if they want to strike there is 100 more people willing to take their jobs and work
They used to have my support but not anymore!

However I do agree with snilly it is too old to be up and down ladders perhaps they need 6 month contracts only and have to pass a medical every 6 months and if they don't pass they are out no long term contracts anymore due to the nature of the job
I think they need something written in their contract that does not allow them to strike putting peoples lives at risk, I'm sure if they want to strike there is 100 more people willing to take their jobs and work They used to have my support but not anymore! However I do agree with snilly it is too old to be up and down ladders perhaps they need 6 month contracts only and have to pass a medical every 6 months and if they don't pass they are out no long term contracts anymore due to the nature of the job tabby67
  • Score: 7

10:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

darloboss says...

if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen
and get a propper job leave firefighting to people who care
if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen and get a propper job leave firefighting to people who care darloboss
  • Score: 0

10:51pm Mon 16 Dec 13

stevegg says...

Yes, fulltime Firefighters do an important job and we need them - just like the fulltime police and ambulance but the difference is the police and ambulance service have had to abide by government austerity measures and come into the real world with pay and conditions to match like it or not and the police now have to undertake fitness tests as well. Why should firefighters be any different? I know a few firefighters personally who all have second jobs on the side as they can manage this as 80% of the time they are never actually used in their firefighting role, they get to sleep whole sets of nightshifts so are fresh the next day to do their second jobs. FULLTIME Firefighters are an under used resource, especially in a time of austerity and should be used to back up the other 2 emergency services who also have to attend fire incidents. To be paid to sit around or sleep in these financially challenging times just isnt right especially when the other 2 emergency services are struggling to cope.
Yes, fulltime Firefighters do an important job and we need them - just like the fulltime police and ambulance but the difference is the police and ambulance service have had to abide by government austerity measures and come into the real world with pay and conditions to match like it or not and the police now have to undertake fitness tests as well. Why should firefighters be any different? I know a few firefighters personally who all have second jobs on the side as they can manage this as 80% of the time they are never actually used in their firefighting role, they get to sleep whole sets of nightshifts so are fresh the next day to do their second jobs. FULLTIME Firefighters are an under used resource, especially in a time of austerity and should be used to back up the other 2 emergency services who also have to attend fire incidents. To be paid to sit around or sleep in these financially challenging times just isnt right especially when the other 2 emergency services are struggling to cope. stevegg
  • Score: 9

12:29am Tue 17 Dec 13

Joanne2410 says...

I don't agree with the strikes, yet I agree with the principle - some 50-60 yr olds aren't fit enough to carry on n get people out of burning buildings! However the timing of these next strikes are absolutely ridiculous -so much for not putting lives in risk by these actions the busiest time of yr Xmas n new yr n they're going to strike! Fireworks galore in the wrong peoples hands, yet go on strike when all the amateurs have a party - well done, best plan ever!!
I don't agree with the strikes, yet I agree with the principle - some 50-60 yr olds aren't fit enough to carry on n get people out of burning buildings! However the timing of these next strikes are absolutely ridiculous -so much for not putting lives in risk by these actions the busiest time of yr Xmas n new yr n they're going to strike! Fireworks galore in the wrong peoples hands, yet go on strike when all the amateurs have a party - well done, best plan ever!! Joanne2410
  • Score: 2

11:37am Tue 17 Dec 13

sineater says...

The other services are struggling to cope because of government cuts Steve, you talk of firemen sleeping on duty,when they are attending a fire do they stop and let the fire burn to have a break-of course not.As I said people are happy with workers as long as they don't stand up for themselves,it's no defence saying other workers have had their pay and conditions of work altered,these workers are suffering because of the criminal mistakes of others, it is they who should be made to pay but they won't because they bankrole this government, this country is being run by crooks and decent people are paying for their crimes .
The other services are struggling to cope because of government cuts Steve, you talk of firemen sleeping on duty,when they are attending a fire do they stop and let the fire burn to have a break-of course not.As I said people are happy with workers as long as they don't stand up for themselves,it's no defence saying other workers have had their pay and conditions of work altered,these workers are suffering because of the criminal mistakes of others, it is they who should be made to pay but they won't because they bankrole this government, this country is being run by crooks and decent people are paying for their crimes . sineater
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

darloboss wrote:
if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen
and get a propper job leave firefighting to people who care
I can't believe any one has left thumbs down for darloboss's comment.
He is 100% right, " leave fire fighting to people who care"
You don't become a nurse for the poor pay and shifts, you don't become a social worker, because you don't give a T--s, and you don't join the salvation Army, because you like the Uniform.
Equally if you don't want to save lives or rescue people, then leave the fire service, and stop moaning at the very good wage and pension you do get !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, some folks are so poor there sending there kids to bed HUNGRY and COLD.,they would bend over backwards for your job.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen and get a propper job leave firefighting to people who care[/p][/quote]I can't believe any one has left thumbs down for darloboss's comment. He is 100% right, " leave fire fighting to people who care" You don't become a nurse for the poor pay and shifts, you don't become a social worker, because you don't give a T--s, and you don't join the salvation Army, because you like the Uniform. Equally if you don't want to save lives or rescue people, then leave the fire service, and stop moaning at the very good wage and pension you do get !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, some folks are so poor there sending there kids to bed HUNGRY and COLD.,they would bend over backwards for your job. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 7

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