East Lancashire firefighters to strike over pay and pensions

FIREFIGHTERS in Lancashire will strike for the fifth and sixth time today and tomorrow between 6pm and 10pm.

Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary, said: “It’s now been almost two months since the government has been willing to meet for negotiations despite several invitations from us.

“Until they do and until they start to actually resolve the dispute, we’ll keep up the pressure for the sake of public safety and our members’ pensions.

“In a week when the full details of a £7,600 pay rise for MPs’ — which will also increase their pensions — emerged, firefighters’ anger at the governments unworkable, unaffordable and unfair proposals will be even greater.

“No firefighter wants to strike, but we cannot allow the government’s ludicrous proposals — and outright hypocrisy — to stand. We’ll keep on fighting until the government sees sense and comes back to negotiations.”

Most firefighters take home approximately £1,650 a month and already pay £320 or more a month into their pensions.

From April 2014 this will rise for the third year in a row to over £340 a month (£4,000 a year), they claim.

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9:08am Fri 13 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

They are right to do so. You can't have people in their late 50's 60's and 70's fighting fires when they are physically unable to do so, and it's unfair that they should have to put more into their pensions pots and walk away with less on a late enforced retirement that is mandatory by govt.
They are right to do so. You can't have people in their late 50's 60's and 70's fighting fires when they are physically unable to do so, and it's unfair that they should have to put more into their pensions pots and walk away with less on a late enforced retirement that is mandatory by govt. AnthonyUK

11:19am Fri 13 Dec 13

ted1951 says...

Ask the M.P.s for an 11% pay rise. Good luck to the firefighters.
Ask the M.P.s for an 11% pay rise. Good luck to the firefighters. ted1951

12:18pm Fri 13 Dec 13

ron1946 says...

if your not happy with your terms of employment look for a fresh job and stop whinging
if your not happy with your terms of employment look for a fresh job and stop whinging ron1946

2:08pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Rich Riley says...

ron1946 wrote:
if your not happy with your terms of employment look for a fresh job and stop whinging
Quite right ron1946 and it's a pointless argument blaming MPs and the government for an 11% pay increase because it is none of their doing, you really should check the facts before embarrassing yourself. You use this argument to drum up public support but I'm afraid it doesn't work. Just one point I wish to raise is this: if the world doesn't end because the firefighters are on strike and this passes without much fuss then why do we need so many firefighters? Surely a hardcore few who are willing to work up to retirement age supported by a part time service would be sufficient.
[quote][p][bold]ron1946[/bold] wrote: if your not happy with your terms of employment look for a fresh job and stop whinging[/p][/quote]Quite right ron1946 and it's a pointless argument blaming MPs and the government for an 11% pay increase because it is none of their doing, you really should check the facts before embarrassing yourself. You use this argument to drum up public support but I'm afraid it doesn't work. Just one point I wish to raise is this: if the world doesn't end because the firefighters are on strike and this passes without much fuss then why do we need so many firefighters? Surely a hardcore few who are willing to work up to retirement age supported by a part time service would be sufficient. Rich Riley

6:03pm Fri 13 Dec 13

happycyclist says...

Rich Riley wrote:
ron1946 wrote:
if your not happy with your terms of employment look for a fresh job and stop whinging
Quite right ron1946 and it's a pointless argument blaming MPs and the government for an 11% pay increase because it is none of their doing, you really should check the facts before embarrassing yourself. You use this argument to drum up public support but I'm afraid it doesn't work. Just one point I wish to raise is this: if the world doesn't end because the firefighters are on strike and this passes without much fuss then why do we need so many firefighters? Surely a hardcore few who are willing to work up to retirement age supported by a part time service would be sufficient.
I wonder if you'll still feel that way if you've involved in a car crash and need cutting out quickly to get you to hospital, by 60-odd year-olds who aren't physically up to it?
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ron1946[/bold] wrote: if your not happy with your terms of employment look for a fresh job and stop whinging[/p][/quote]Quite right ron1946 and it's a pointless argument blaming MPs and the government for an 11% pay increase because it is none of their doing, you really should check the facts before embarrassing yourself. You use this argument to drum up public support but I'm afraid it doesn't work. Just one point I wish to raise is this: if the world doesn't end because the firefighters are on strike and this passes without much fuss then why do we need so many firefighters? Surely a hardcore few who are willing to work up to retirement age supported by a part time service would be sufficient.[/p][/quote]I wonder if you'll still feel that way if you've involved in a car crash and need cutting out quickly to get you to hospital, by 60-odd year-olds who aren't physically up to it? happycyclist

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