By Emily Pearce
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
FIREFIGHTERS from the Isle of Wight will join their national colleagues and go on strike in a row over pensions.
The Fire Brigades' Union (FBU) has confirmed its members in England and Wales will strike for four hours next Wednesday (September 25).
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack today (Tuesday) said: "This initial strike is a warning shot to government. Firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions."
The walk-out is set to take place between noon and 4pm.
Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure contingency plans are in place during the strike.
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by roger mazillius
18th September 2013, at 10:02:38
DL, fair enough. However, new recruits to the service after this dispute is settled with the pensions reduced will I suggest say to themselves, "what was all the fuss about"? How would I ever get a pension like this at 60 (or is it 55?) if I was in the private sector?This is part funded by massive payments via the L.A. employers paid by taxpayers, huge numbers of whom are state pensioners, families with children and who have either no employers pension or a poorer private annuity scheme.I agree the job deserves good pay and pension but like so many public sector schemes, it has become unaffordable after the economic armegeddon and the ever increasing longevity of retirees.Nuff said, surely?
by david lavis
18th September 2013, at 09:40:28
No emotional blackmail at all ,they do a great job, not a job that a lot of us could, or would do. I have been in a fire situation and was never so glad as when the Brigade turned up.I feel that they have a genuine case regarding their pensions on this issue.D.F.Lavis Polegate East Sussex.
18th September 2013, at 09:11:16
Is that a bit of emotional blackmail LJ?
by LJ Parker
18th September 2013, at 00:32:04
Leave firefighters pensions alone. They do a great professional job and they are not paid enough as it is. Anyone who disagrees should think about this if they , or a loved one , ever need to call upon their services.
by David Shoulder
17th September 2013, at 23:42:32
Well said Roger and you rarely see the police or nurses doing high profile charity stunts. They don't have the time.
17th September 2013, at 19:23:36
Four hours! Mmmm.Next time and there will be a next time perhaps 12 hours, then a day, then two days, then a week and then what?I recall recent media exposure of certain "sleeping" practices, second jobs and "sickness" absences - not on the Island I hasten to add but across the country the local authority employers are struggling to meet demands with less money. Most public sector employees are facing some reductions in their pensions still leaving them far and away above any private sector equivalent.Different economic times to Brown/Balls imbecilic politically-based borrowing!
by Russell Palin
17th September 2013, at 18:32:21
It goes like this:-Risk life to save others, then get ripped off. Go on strike about getting ripped off.I am 100% with the firefighters. Red line on sand etc etc....
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