Fire Brigades Union confirms London strike action on Wednesday, September 25

Croydon Guardian: The strike will last for four hours between 12 noon and 4pm on Wednesday, September 25. The strike will last for four hours between 12 noon and 4pm on Wednesday, September 25.

Firefighters across London will go on strike next week in a row over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has confirmed.

The strike will last for four hours between 12 noon and 4pm on Wednesday, September 25.

Firefighters in England and Wales are taking part in the strike, but those in Scotland are not taking part in industrial action.

The strike, which is the first national firefighter strike in over a decade, regards a dispute between the FBU and government over reforms to the firefighters pension scheme.

About 80 per cent of firefighters voted in favour of action in a ballot which ran last month.

The union's executive council issued a statement to members claiming it had no option but to strike in England and Wales last Friday.

Last month the London Fire Brigade (LFB) removed appliances from Wandsworth Fire Station and Clapham Fire Station to prepare for the strike.

A total of 27 fire engines have been removed across the capital which will be used to provide cover for London.

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said: "It is very unfortunate that we are in another period of industrial action, but we are prepared and our contingency fire service is ready to operate on the strike date which has been announced."

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7:05pm Tue 17 Sep 13

QPR4Me says...

Using the public's fears as a weapon is the best way for unions toget themselves legislated out of existence!
Big Mistake FBU!!
Using the public's fears as a weapon is the best way for unions toget themselves legislated out of existence! Big Mistake FBU!! QPR4Me

11:06pm Tue 17 Sep 13

GBC says...

Watch as the Tory trolls take to their box rooms in their dozens to decry the firemen and women, whilst these guys try to protect us the cowards sit it their back rooms, trousers half way down hammering their little keyboards .

But then again who cares what they think, 2015 and its goodnight Vienna for another two decades.

Nobody likes a Tory , nasty people who would hide behind their copy of the Daily Mail on the tube. Still, it hides the foam round their lips.

Go for it Fbu, as usual you have the support of the silent majority, I certainly don't want oaps ascending a ladder to assist me or my neighbours. Good luck with the nasties.
Watch as the Tory trolls take to their box rooms in their dozens to decry the firemen and women, whilst these guys try to protect us the cowards sit it their back rooms, trousers half way down hammering their little keyboards . But then again who cares what they think, 2015 and its goodnight Vienna for another two decades. Nobody likes a Tory , nasty people who would hide behind their copy of the Daily Mail on the tube. Still, it hides the foam round their lips. Go for it Fbu, as usual you have the support of the silent majority, I certainly don't want oaps ascending a ladder to assist me or my neighbours. Good luck with the nasties. GBC

1:44pm Wed 18 Sep 13

christhegoth says...

The Conservatives are ignoring the experts. Again:

'The union said planned changes to pensions were 'unaffordable and unworkable', would impose an increase in members contributions and would put firefighters at greater risk of dismissal without access to a proper pension if they cannot maintain fitness standards as they approach the retirement age of 60.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: 'Expecting large numbers of 60-year-olds to fight fires and rescue families is dangerous to the public and to firefighters.

'The Government is simply ignoring the evidence about the physical demands of firefighting and has been unable to answer our concerns during two years of negotiations. '

Why am I not surprised? Contributions up to the point where some will have to ditch their pensions. Just like what they did last year. Last year? With the pay freeze it adds up to a ~16% pay cut in real terms. So that's a pay cut, with Pension payments going up as well. The lower paid ones are having to ditch their pensions now. Clearly this is not a good thing.

Just because Private Sector pensions are naff doesn't mean we should wreck Public ones as well. If Private Sector workers were paid a reasonable wage ( instead of the peanuts many get ) the pension provision in the Private Sector would be better AND more Tax would be paid ( paying for the Public Sector ones as well ). These Torys can't do math.

And that's just the math being bad in the Tory argument. What about the reality on the ground?

How are old men supposed to successfully fight fires? It's obvious how dangerous that one is.

And how is it fair for an old man to lose his pension as he has simply aged quicker than his colleague and has to retire sooner? So can't notch up enough years contributions. He's still risking his bum to save your bacon. Medically we're all different. One size does NOT fit all.

These Torys are off-the-scale sick. As well as amazingly stupid.





Sources: http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2405713/Firefighters
-vote-favour-strikes
-row-pensions-lead-w
alkouts-decade.html

http://www.newstates
man.com/blogs/the-st
aggers/2011/11/publi
c-sector-strike
The Conservatives are ignoring the experts. Again: 'The union said planned changes to pensions were 'unaffordable and unworkable', would impose an increase in members contributions and would put firefighters at greater risk of dismissal without access to a proper pension if they cannot maintain fitness standards as they approach the retirement age of 60. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: 'Expecting large numbers of 60-year-olds to fight fires and rescue families is dangerous to the public and to firefighters. 'The Government is simply ignoring the evidence about the physical demands of firefighting and has been unable to answer our concerns during two years of negotiations. ' Why am I not surprised? Contributions up to the point where some will have to ditch their pensions. Just like what they did last year. Last year? With the pay freeze it adds up to a ~16% pay cut in real terms. So that's a pay cut, with Pension payments going up as well. The lower paid ones are having to ditch their pensions now. Clearly this is not a good thing. Just because Private Sector pensions are naff doesn't mean we should wreck Public ones as well. If Private Sector workers were paid a reasonable wage ( instead of the peanuts many get ) the pension provision in the Private Sector would be better AND more Tax would be paid ( paying for the Public Sector ones as well ). These Torys can't do math. And that's just the math being bad in the Tory argument. What about the reality on the ground? How are old men supposed to successfully fight fires? It's obvious how dangerous that one is. And how is it fair for an old man to lose his pension as he has simply aged quicker than his colleague and has to retire sooner? So can't notch up enough years contributions. He's still risking his bum to save your bacon. Medically we're all different. One size does NOT fit all. These Torys are off-the-scale sick. As well as amazingly stupid. Sources: http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2405713/Firefighters -vote-favour-strikes -row-pensions-lead-w alkouts-decade.html http://www.newstates man.com/blogs/the-st aggers/2011/11/publi c-sector-strike christhegoth

8:23pm Wed 18 Sep 13

ronangel says...

Each MP and people on committees that vote for these things plus Boris.. should be made to spend half day on fire engine with crew to see the sharp end, going through smoke test tunnel for ones without medical problems will also help them understand what it is all about.
Each MP and people on committees that vote for these things plus Boris.. should be made to spend half day on fire engine with crew to see the sharp end, going through smoke test tunnel for ones without medical problems will also help them understand what it is all about. ronangel

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