Wandsworth Fire Brigade will see mass walkout as 53 union members commit to strikes

The entire force at the Wandworth Fire Brigade, which includes 53 Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members, will strike for 22 hours over three days.

The entire force at the Wandworth Fire Brigade, which includes 53 Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members, will strike for 22 hours over three days.

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Firefighters in Wandsworth will strike next week, in a continuing row over work hours and pensions.

The entire force at the Wandworth Fire Brigade, which includes 53 Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members, will strike for 22 hours over three days.

On Friday May 2 staff will strike from 12noon to 5pm, and a 12-hour walk out will take place from 2pm on May 3 to 2am on May 4, it was announced by the FBU yesterday.

On the final day the members will strike from 10am to 3pm.

Firefighters are rattled by changes to pensions and workloads, arguing they are being asked to work more to get less in return.

Linda Smith, FBU secretary for Wandsworth, said: "Our pension contributions have gone up for the third year running, but we are getting far less out of it.

"Some of us are going to have to work 10 years longer.

"No one is in this vocation for the money, but what has always been a comfort is that we get to retire early.

"Now there are staff here who have worked 18 to 20 years, expecting to retire at 50, who are being told they will have to work to 60.

"Members here don’t want to go on strike, no one wants to see the people of Wandsworth without a fire service.

"But we can’t just roll over when we are being treated unfairly."

The action will be in effect all across London and the London Fire Brigade will have 27 fire engines operated by a contractor.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "Today’s announcement from the FBU for fresh strike action is regrettable.

"In London we will of course have contingency arrangements in place but just as before we will
be asking people to take extra care to prevent fires from starting.

"We will be doing all we can to remind them to take care when cooking, to make sure cigarettes are disposed of properly and to check their smoke alarms are working, especially over the bank holiday period."

The London Fire Brigade are asking for the public to only call about genuine emergencies.

The final day of next week’s action will be the 12th FBU strike since September last year.

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10:00am Sat 26 Apr 14

buggsie says...

Sorry - bit of a luxury expecting to retire at 50. Doesn't same apply to police also ??
At 60 should still be fit enough to do the job.
My sympathies are with those expected to work 'till their late 60s - when they should not have to be struggling with unreliable over crowded public transport and old buildings without lifts.
Sorry - bit of a luxury expecting to retire at 50. Doesn't same apply to police also ?? At 60 should still be fit enough to do the job. My sympathies are with those expected to work 'till their late 60s - when they should not have to be struggling with unreliable over crowded public transport and old buildings without lifts. buggsie
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1:44pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Hatersgonnahate says...

buggsie wrote:
Sorry - bit of a luxury expecting to retire at 50. Doesn't same apply to police also ??
At 60 should still be fit enough to do the job.
My sympathies are with those expected to work 'till their late 60s - when they should not have to be struggling with unreliable over crowded public transport and old buildings without lifts.
Not a luxury but conditions of service with which they joined, why is it acceptable to change that mid-way through their service and is a pension they contribute £400 per month into. Since 2006 all firefighters joining are expected to work till 60 anyway and now they're changing it again for pre-2006 firefighters.
How could you know what a firefighters job entails or if they're fit to do the job at 60 when the governments own evidence explicitly states that 2/3 of firefighters will not be able to maintain that fitness and be sacked.
How bizarre your argument rests on whether transport is crowded and buildings have lifts for 60 plus aged people as evidence against firefighters retirement age.
[quote][p][bold]buggsie[/bold] wrote: Sorry - bit of a luxury expecting to retire at 50. Doesn't same apply to police also ?? At 60 should still be fit enough to do the job. My sympathies are with those expected to work 'till their late 60s - when they should not have to be struggling with unreliable over crowded public transport and old buildings without lifts.[/p][/quote]Not a luxury but conditions of service with which they joined, why is it acceptable to change that mid-way through their service and is a pension they contribute £400 per month into. Since 2006 all firefighters joining are expected to work till 60 anyway and now they're changing it again for pre-2006 firefighters. How could you know what a firefighters job entails or if they're fit to do the job at 60 when the governments own evidence explicitly states that 2/3 of firefighters will not be able to maintain that fitness and be sacked. How bizarre your argument rests on whether transport is crowded and buildings have lifts for 60 plus aged people as evidence against firefighters retirement age. Hatersgonnahate
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