Fire service to strike over festive period

Bucks Free Press: Firefighters striking in Wycombe earlier this year Firefighters striking in Wycombe earlier this year

THE Fire service has announced more strike action over the coming weeks - with both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve set to be affected.

The Fire Brigades Union which is in dispute with the Government over pensions, intends to strike from 7pm to midnight on Tuesday, December 24.

The next round of action will take place from 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 31 to 1am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Then, on Friday, January 3, 2014, further action will take place from 6.30am to 8.30am.

The FBU has also called for control members to refuse to undertake voluntary overtime between 7pm and midnight on December 24, and for firefighter members to do the same from 7pm onFriday December 27, 2013 to 7pm on Sunday, 29 December, 2013. The organisation has referred to this as "industrial action short of a strike".

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has plans which enable it to continue to provide cover in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes during periods of industrial action. It says these plans were successfully put in place during the FBU strikes in September and November and also earlier this month.

Emergency calls where lives are at risk will be prioritised, and Buckinghamshire fire & Rescue Service says it will continue to provide as much information as possible to help people avoid having a fire or other emergency.

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7:45am Thu 19 Dec 13

tigeran says...

Rapidly losing respect for the fire service. Not impressed.
Rapidly losing respect for the fire service. Not impressed. tigeran

9:31am Thu 19 Dec 13

Edgar Brooks says...

Doubtless the firemen and women will have countless sleepless nights, now that they've lost your "respect."
As in so many things decreed by our superiors, who never have to do anything more onerous than sitting down, polishing their pin-striped backsides, you also have no interest in seeing what years of hard graft can do to the human body. I've seen friends needing replacement joints, and suffering excruciating pain, due to a lifetime of physical toil, and the chances of many firemen surviving past 60, to enjoy retirement, are slim to non-existent.
Still, can't let real life interfere with the chance to air our personal prejudices, can we?
Doubtless the firemen and women will have countless sleepless nights, now that they've lost your "respect." As in so many things decreed by our superiors, who never have to do anything more onerous than sitting down, polishing their pin-striped backsides, you also have no interest in seeing what years of hard graft can do to the human body. I've seen friends needing replacement joints, and suffering excruciating pain, due to a lifetime of physical toil, and the chances of many firemen surviving past 60, to enjoy retirement, are slim to non-existent. Still, can't let real life interfere with the chance to air our personal prejudices, can we? Edgar Brooks

9:44am Thu 19 Dec 13

Darren Hayday says...

To be honest, their Press Officer/BFP needs to do a proper job, as that's what I first thought when I read this story that they were striking. But thanks to facebook I now know what it’s really about (i.e. that firefighters have to work in their 60's to do the same job as a fit younger man in order to then expect to get paid their pension) - The Government should help them sort this red tape out and make it fair!
To be honest, their Press Officer/BFP needs to do a proper job, as that's what I first thought when I read this story that they were striking. But thanks to facebook I now know what it’s really about (i.e. that firefighters have to work in their 60's to do the same job as a fit younger man in order to then expect to get paid their pension) - The Government should help them sort this red tape out and make it fair! Darren Hayday

11:01am Thu 19 Dec 13

Marmite XO says...

Edgar Brooks wrote:
Doubtless the firemen and women will have countless sleepless nights, now that they've lost your "respect."
As in so many things decreed by our superiors, who never have to do anything more onerous than sitting down, polishing their pin-striped backsides, you also have no interest in seeing what years of hard graft can do to the human body. I've seen friends needing replacement joints, and suffering excruciating pain, due to a lifetime of physical toil, and the chances of many firemen surviving past 60, to enjoy retirement, are slim to non-existent.
Still, can't let real life interfere with the chance to air our personal prejudices, can we?
I hope any fires during the strike occur to the striking firefighters homes.
[quote][p][bold]Edgar Brooks[/bold] wrote: Doubtless the firemen and women will have countless sleepless nights, now that they've lost your "respect." As in so many things decreed by our superiors, who never have to do anything more onerous than sitting down, polishing their pin-striped backsides, you also have no interest in seeing what years of hard graft can do to the human body. I've seen friends needing replacement joints, and suffering excruciating pain, due to a lifetime of physical toil, and the chances of many firemen surviving past 60, to enjoy retirement, are slim to non-existent. Still, can't let real life interfere with the chance to air our personal prejudices, can we?[/p][/quote]I hope any fires during the strike occur to the striking firefighters homes. Marmite XO

11:35am Thu 19 Dec 13

tigeran says...

Edgar Brooks wrote:
Doubtless the firemen and women will have countless sleepless nights, now that they've lost your "respect."
As in so many things decreed by our superiors, who never have to do anything more onerous than sitting down, polishing their pin-striped backsides, you also have no interest in seeing what years of hard graft can do to the human body. I've seen friends needing replacement joints, and suffering excruciating pain, due to a lifetime of physical toil, and the chances of many firemen surviving past 60, to enjoy retirement, are slim to non-existent.
Still, can't let real life interfere with the chance to air our personal prejudices, can we?
Are they any different to a builder, a plumber or any other manual intensive professional? No, except they have the backing of a union to enable them to strike. I find it all very distasteful when the public sector think they are above everyone else.
[quote][p][bold]Edgar Brooks[/bold] wrote: Doubtless the firemen and women will have countless sleepless nights, now that they've lost your "respect." As in so many things decreed by our superiors, who never have to do anything more onerous than sitting down, polishing their pin-striped backsides, you also have no interest in seeing what years of hard graft can do to the human body. I've seen friends needing replacement joints, and suffering excruciating pain, due to a lifetime of physical toil, and the chances of many firemen surviving past 60, to enjoy retirement, are slim to non-existent. Still, can't let real life interfere with the chance to air our personal prejudices, can we?[/p][/quote]Are they any different to a builder, a plumber or any other manual intensive professional? No, except they have the backing of a union to enable them to strike. I find it all very distasteful when the public sector think they are above everyone else. tigeran

11:48am Thu 19 Dec 13

stevfire2 says...

for many, the fact is they joined the pension scheme (paying in a considerable amount of their wages) and now find the goalposts have been moved. they are being told to work and contribute longer, to receive less, much later than planned! would any of us accept that ourselves?
for many, the fact is they joined the pension scheme (paying in a considerable amount of their wages) and now find the goalposts have been moved. they are being told to work and contribute longer, to receive less, much later than planned! would any of us accept that ourselves? stevfire2

2:15pm Thu 19 Dec 13

tigeran says...

stevfire2 wrote:
for many, the fact is they joined the pension scheme (paying in a considerable amount of their wages) and now find the goalposts have been moved. they are being told to work and contribute longer, to receive less, much later than planned! would any of us accept that ourselves?
What are you talking about?!!! That is EXACTLY what the private sector have been being told for years now!! Now all of a sudden parts of the public sector are having to accept the same, they don't like it!!! Wake up and accept the fact that the pensions of old especially the ridiculously lucrative public sector pensions are not sustainable and why on earth should the private sector make up the deficit of the out of touch and astronomical public sectors whilst taking huge hits to their own? Answer that one!
[quote][p][bold]stevfire2[/bold] wrote: for many, the fact is they joined the pension scheme (paying in a considerable amount of their wages) and now find the goalposts have been moved. they are being told to work and contribute longer, to receive less, much later than planned! would any of us accept that ourselves?[/p][/quote]What are you talking about?!!! That is EXACTLY what the private sector have been being told for years now!! Now all of a sudden parts of the public sector are having to accept the same, they don't like it!!! Wake up and accept the fact that the pensions of old especially the ridiculously lucrative public sector pensions are not sustainable and why on earth should the private sector make up the deficit of the out of touch and astronomical public sectors whilst taking huge hits to their own? Answer that one! tigeran

3:21pm Thu 19 Dec 13

miccles says...

stevfire2 wrote:
for many, the fact is they joined the pension scheme (paying in a considerable amount of their wages) and now find the goalposts have been moved. they are being told to work and contribute longer, to receive less, much later than planned! would any of us accept that ourselves?
would any of us accept that ourselves?

Yes, in this day and age, I need the money, I have to accept what im given, or its out the door with nothing.
[quote][p][bold]stevfire2[/bold] wrote: for many, the fact is they joined the pension scheme (paying in a considerable amount of their wages) and now find the goalposts have been moved. they are being told to work and contribute longer, to receive less, much later than planned! would any of us accept that ourselves?[/p][/quote]would any of us accept that ourselves? Yes, in this day and age, I need the money, I have to accept what im given, or its out the door with nothing. miccles

4:55pm Thu 19 Dec 13

sai-diva says...

So our MP's award themselves 11% and tell our public sector workers to work harder, for longer or lose their pension rights, or to expect no pay rises for three years, and Tigger you lose respect for our firefighters who risk their lives every day. Wrong priorities again.
So our MP's award themselves 11% and tell our public sector workers to work harder, for longer or lose their pension rights, or to expect no pay rises for three years, and Tigger you lose respect for our firefighters who risk their lives every day. Wrong priorities again. sai-diva

6:24pm Thu 19 Dec 13

tigeran says...

sai-diva wrote:
So our MP's award themselves 11% and tell our public sector workers to work harder, for longer or lose their pension rights, or to expect no pay rises for three years, and Tigger you lose respect for our firefighters who risk their lives every day. Wrong priorities again.
Totally agree! I think our politicians are the worst of the worst! Please see my post above about builders etc. The fact is that they do a job they agreed to do, the fact that they are now expected to take a drop in pensions is the hard truth of the state of this country today. A socialist attitude helped to put us in this situation in the first place. Take note and learn..........
[quote][p][bold]sai-diva[/bold] wrote: So our MP's award themselves 11% and tell our public sector workers to work harder, for longer or lose their pension rights, or to expect no pay rises for three years, and Tigger you lose respect for our firefighters who risk their lives every day. Wrong priorities again.[/p][/quote]Totally agree! I think our politicians are the worst of the worst! Please see my post above about builders etc. The fact is that they do a job they agreed to do, the fact that they are now expected to take a drop in pensions is the hard truth of the state of this country today. A socialist attitude helped to put us in this situation in the first place. Take note and learn.......... tigeran

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