FBU set to strike

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


FIREFIGHTERS on the Isle of Wight are due to strike again over changes to pensions and retirement.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have again failed to reach agreement with the government and are now set to strike from 12pm to 5pm on Friday, 2pm Saturday to 2am Sunday and 10am to 3pm the same day.

During the strike, cover will be reduced, with non-FBU members attending life-critical incidents such as house fires or road traffic incidents, the council said.

People should continue to use 999 to report emergencies.

Chief fire officer Steve Apter said: "With the weather having improved recently, and with it being a bank holiday weekend, many people may be planning on having celebrations, such as a barbecue.

"There will be reduced fire cover during the strike periods, and I would like to reiterate the advice that members of the public and businesses should be extra vigilant by checking fire safety arrangements and not taking unnecessary risks."

Cllr Phil Jordan, executive councillor for public safety, said: "It is disappointing this national strike has been announced, but residents should not worry as cover will be maintained on the Island."


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by Mat Thomas

30th April 2014, at 10:34:57

Here, here to the sentiments expressed and it shows solidarity with a group of respected workers on the island who are standing up for social justice. Keep going, Firefighters you are getting there.

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by phil jordan

29th April 2014, at 21:14:39

tony tiltman jnr:

Absolutely right, tony. I am as disappointed as you over the way the whole pension issue has not been resolved by negotiations. We are dependent on the Government to address these serious matters and this is a National strike action not a localised dispute. I am very proud of our Fire & Rescue Service and supportive of the men and women who can, and do, risk their own lives to save those of others.

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by Colin Barton

29th April 2014, at 16:54:24

Could they fit in with the rain forecasts?

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by Peter Glasgow

29th April 2014, at 13:09:09

Well done to the fire service for challenging the government's policies. Police officers are legally prevented from taking industrial action so they have already been stitched up by the government. Nurses, paramedics & doctors can't take action without seriously affecting patients. Fire officers are limited in what they can do because they too have moral standards and don't want to put people at risk but when the government has made such unfair cuts to all the emergency services someone has to stand up and challenge them.

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

29th April 2014, at 12:45:51

What is disappointing Cllr Jordan, is that the situation over Pensions and retirement has not been resolved, these guys deserve our utmost support during this difficult time after all they are always there for us.

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by Roe driver

29th April 2014, at 10:52:02

Is a non FBU firefighter any less efficient or professional
than a FBU firefighter

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