Bolton's firefighters begin 24-hour walk-out

Bolton's firefighters begin their 24-hour strike

Bolton's firefighters begin their 24-hour strike

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BOLTON’S firefighters are currently staging a 24-hour strike in a row with the government over pays.

Crews across the borough walked out 9am this morning and will not return to action until the same timetomorrow.

Another strike set to take place on Saturday, June 21, between 10am and 5pm.

Earlier, a picket was staged outside Bolton central station as firefighters held pickets with statements such as ‘hands off our pensions’ on them.

Many members are now travelling to Manchester to join other brigades in a central protest.

This is the latest round of action in a long running row over proposed changes to firefighters pensions and a later retirement age.

Watch manager at Bolton Central, Ian Reed told The Bolton News he was “sick and tired of the big people picking on the little people.”

“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue are providing emergency fire crews during the walk-out.

County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk said: “We’ve recruited and trained emergency fire crew to provide fire cover during periods of industrial action and this has been the approach since the dispute began.

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12:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

devs says...

After 3 years have they not got the message that the government do not give a dam.
After 3 years have they not got the message that the government do not give a dam. devs
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1:02pm Thu 12 Jun 14

The Running Man says...

“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet!

You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it!
“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.” No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet! You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it! The Running Man
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

The Running Man wrote:
“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet!

You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it!
clap clap clap clap, well said .
[quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: “We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.” No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet! You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it![/p][/quote]clap clap clap clap, well said . JustBecause
  • Score: -3

1:30pm Thu 12 Jun 14

atlas123 says...

The Running Man wrote:
“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet!

You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it!
Plenty of people wanting to be firefighters on the new terms and conditions.

If you dont like it you are welcome to make your way in the private sector working till you are 65 -68 without a pension half as generous as your own.


The government arnt interested in your strike, the national press are not coveringing it, the local rag have a small section....


.... but most of all....

the public dont give a toss about you.


Damage to teh fire service and it's reputation started in the strikes of the early 00s and this is doing nothing to help you out.

You complain people dont respect you, you dont respect the people, the public who pay your wages, you have no respect for the high esteem you was one held and no respect for the job.

Money money money, me me me...
[quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: “We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.” No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet! You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it![/p][/quote]Plenty of people wanting to be firefighters on the new terms and conditions. If you dont like it you are welcome to make your way in the private sector working till you are 65 -68 without a pension half as generous as your own. The government arnt interested in your strike, the national press are not coveringing it, the local rag have a small section.... .... but most of all.... the public dont give a toss about you. Damage to teh fire service and it's reputation started in the strikes of the early 00s and this is doing nothing to help you out. You complain people dont respect you, you dont respect the people, the public who pay your wages, you have no respect for the high esteem you was one held and no respect for the job. Money money money, me me me... atlas123
  • Score: -1

7:10pm Thu 12 Jun 14

llcoolwayne says...

The Running Man wrote:
“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet!

You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it!
What a bell end you are, basic PC police salary is £9000 a year more than FF, police are protected more with pensions, get your facts right before you spout b@@ s@@@, educate yourself because you have lots to learn. Yeh let's all bend over and take a spanking from this corrupt government, you must be a narrow back spineless loser who turns over and complies.
[quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: “We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.” No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet! You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it![/p][/quote]What a bell end you are, basic PC police salary is £9000 a year more than FF, police are protected more with pensions, get your facts right before you spout b@@ s@@@, educate yourself because you have lots to learn. Yeh let's all bend over and take a spanking from this corrupt government, you must be a narrow back spineless loser who turns over and complies. llcoolwayne
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Thu 12 Jun 14

The Running Man says...

llcoolwayne wrote:
The Running Man wrote:
“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet!

You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it!
What a bell end you are, basic PC police salary is £9000 a year more than FF, police are protected more with pensions, get your facts right before you spout b@@ s@@@, educate yourself because you have lots to learn. Yeh let's all bend over and take a spanking from this corrupt government, you must be a narrow back spineless loser who turns over and complies.
Notice you don't mention nurse's starting pay which is far less than a firefighters. Basic police starting salary is £23,259, if you are saying that a firefighter earns fourteen grand a year I am of the opinion that it is you who has much to learn. Oh, don't forget to make your bed when you finish your shift!
[quote][p][bold]llcoolwayne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: “We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.” No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet! You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it![/p][/quote]What a bell end you are, basic PC police salary is £9000 a year more than FF, police are protected more with pensions, get your facts right before you spout b@@ s@@@, educate yourself because you have lots to learn. Yeh let's all bend over and take a spanking from this corrupt government, you must be a narrow back spineless loser who turns over and complies.[/p][/quote]Notice you don't mention nurse's starting pay which is far less than a firefighters. Basic police starting salary is £23,259, if you are saying that a firefighter earns fourteen grand a year I am of the opinion that it is you who has much to learn. Oh, don't forget to make your bed when you finish your shift! The Running Man
  • Score: 6

8:56pm Thu 12 Jun 14

llcoolwayne says...

The Running Man wrote:
llcoolwayne wrote:
The Running Man wrote:
“We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.”

No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet!

You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it!
What a bell end you are, basic PC police salary is £9000 a year more than FF, police are protected more with pensions, get your facts right before you spout b@@ s@@@, educate yourself because you have lots to learn. Yeh let's all bend over and take a spanking from this corrupt government, you must be a narrow back spineless loser who turns over and complies.
Notice you don't mention nurse's starting pay which is far less than a firefighters. Basic police starting salary is £23,259, if you are saying that a firefighter earns fourteen grand a year I am of the opinion that it is you who has much to learn. Oh, don't forget to make your bed when you finish your shift!
Basic police you pric@ I mentioned time served firefighters, if nurses worked our shifts they would earn more than firefighters, you are an ignorant ****, I think you need to suck up to some other cause which you have a likkle idea of....knob
[quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llcoolwayne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Running Man[/bold] wrote: “We have all got to show solidarity against the government’s plans, we are employed by the public taxpayer and so by not looking after us, they are not looking after the public.” No Mr Reed, you and your staff are failing to look after the public every time you go on strike. Nurses aren't striking, the police aren't striking but yet again the fire brigade are. Funny how everyone is getting treated badly but you are the only emergency service willing to jeopardise the well being of the public to boost your pay packet! You make me sick. If you don't want this job just resign and let someone else do it. If you do want it and you genuinely care about public safety just get on with it and stop moaning. I for one have had enough of hearing your lot bleat on, if it isn't the pension it's the loss of your beds or snooker tables. The public expect you to do a job, dry your eyes and get on with it![/p][/quote]What a bell end you are, basic PC police salary is £9000 a year more than FF, police are protected more with pensions, get your facts right before you spout b@@ s@@@, educate yourself because you have lots to learn. Yeh let's all bend over and take a spanking from this corrupt government, you must be a narrow back spineless loser who turns over and complies.[/p][/quote]Notice you don't mention nurse's starting pay which is far less than a firefighters. Basic police starting salary is £23,259, if you are saying that a firefighter earns fourteen grand a year I am of the opinion that it is you who has much to learn. Oh, don't forget to make your bed when you finish your shift![/p][/quote]Basic police you pric@ I mentioned time served firefighters, if nurses worked our shifts they would earn more than firefighters, you are an ignorant ****, I think you need to suck up to some other cause which you have a likkle idea of....knob llcoolwayne
  • Score: -7

9:54pm Thu 12 Jun 14

The Running Man says...

I can't find any mention of time served firefighters in your previous post, maybe it was written in code? You give the impression that you are someone who works well under close supervision, and no doubt you are very able under those circumstances.

Thank goodness you don't have to write in your job, I think your posts indicate why others are paid far more than you. Hopefully you will see sense and return to work, we all appreciate the work that you and all the other emergency services do. Be a good boy and get back to being appreciated!

Night all!
I can't find any mention of time served firefighters in your previous post, maybe it was written in code? You give the impression that you are someone who works well under close supervision, and no doubt you are very able under those circumstances. Thank goodness you don't have to write in your job, I think your posts indicate why others are paid far more than you. Hopefully you will see sense and return to work, we all appreciate the work that you and all the other emergency services do. Be a good boy and get back to being appreciated! Night all! The Running Man
  • Score: 8

11:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

JamesJack says...

I think the point has been lost somewhere. How is it fair that the government can change contracts and pensions when ever they feel like it??? If someone signs up to a 30 year pension, and don't forget each person pays a lot of money into that pension each month, that's what they should get. All you people who are getting at the fire fighters are out of order. Should they just bend over and let the government do what they like??? Should they say 'its ok, you can take more money from me and I don't want it back even though I signed a contract?' Would you in the private sector put up with that? No you would not!
I think the point has been lost somewhere. How is it fair that the government can change contracts and pensions when ever they feel like it??? If someone signs up to a 30 year pension, and don't forget each person pays a lot of money into that pension each month, that's what they should get. All you people who are getting at the fire fighters are out of order. Should they just bend over and let the government do what they like??? Should they say 'its ok, you can take more money from me and I don't want it back even though I signed a contract?' Would you in the private sector put up with that? No you would not! JamesJack
  • Score: 2

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