Crews in Hampshire will walk out on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Daily Echo: Fire fighters to strike over Christmas and New Year Fire fighters to strike over Christmas and New Year

FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire will strike on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

Strikes will take place between 7pm and midnight on Tuesday, December 24, 6.30pm and 12.30am on New Year's Eve to New Year's Day, and between 6.30am and 8.30am on January 3.

They are striking in a row with the government over pensions.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members' professionalism, commitment and flexibility.

“However, there should be no need for industrial action, and it's absurd that firefighters' concerns over pensions have not been addressed already.

“The government must stop claiming they are negotiating when they have refused to talk for two months and insist on forcing through proposals that are unaffordable, unworkable and unfair.

“By simply conceding common sense and allowing firefighters a fair deal, the government could end this industrial action today.”

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6:37pm Mon 16 Dec 13

loosehead says...

They are striking in a row with the government over pensions.
Funny I thought it was partly to do with the fact they would have to work up to 6 years(going up) less than the rest of us?
Sorry but are you saying that as part of the job you have to pass fitness level tests so must be relatively fit but you aren't if you 59 going on 60?
I've played Rugby against guys of this age & they mullered us.
In most forces age is a consideration in the fitness tests so why strike & put lives at risk why not compromise & get it say jobs that can be done( Man the pumps,turnstill drive) by the older firtemen be just that for the older men/women?
They are striking in a row with the government over pensions. Funny I thought it was partly to do with the fact they would have to work up to 6 years(going up) less than the rest of us? Sorry but are you saying that as part of the job you have to pass fitness level tests so must be relatively fit but you aren't if you 59 going on 60? I've played Rugby against guys of this age & they mullered us. In most forces age is a consideration in the fitness tests so why strike & put lives at risk why not compromise & get it say jobs that can be done( Man the pumps,turnstill drive) by the older firtemen be just that for the older men/women? loosehead

7:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

KSO16R says...

My mates a fireman does bricklaying on his days off . . . Building up his pension i suppose
My mates a fireman does bricklaying on his days off . . . Building up his pension i suppose KSO16R

7:53pm Mon 16 Dec 13

cantthinkofone says...

The FBU are overplaying their hand this time. They see themselves as untouchable, secure in the belief that the general public see them as heroes. The truth is that more and more people are twigging on to the reality - far more cats up trees than raging infernos, a very decent salary, and much of it for just waiting around. I'm generally very pro-unions, and they've got a reasonable point in this dispute - but their choice of timing for these strikes isn't going to win them any friends.
The FBU are overplaying their hand this time. They see themselves as untouchable, secure in the belief that the general public see them as heroes. The truth is that more and more people are twigging on to the reality - far more cats up trees than raging infernos, a very decent salary, and much of it for just waiting around. I'm generally very pro-unions, and they've got a reasonable point in this dispute - but their choice of timing for these strikes isn't going to win them any friends. cantthinkofone

9:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

wknight says...

When will people in the public sector wake up to the fact that they all have fantastic pensions, even with the proposed reforms and most get to retire before they are 60 and with a nice final salary pension and a lump sum. Those of us in the private sector have to work until at least we are 65, many in jobs that are just as strenuous and we get 'reorganized' when we cant work, not a pension. When we do retire who knows what pension we will get because its all based on how much our pension pot is worth oh and there will be no lump sum to look forward too. Given todays annuity rates you never build up a pension pot sufficient to pay for your pension so the taxpayer subsidies it.... be happy you have a fantastic deal, now a switch to a money purchase scheme would be something to complain about
When will people in the public sector wake up to the fact that they all have fantastic pensions, even with the proposed reforms and most get to retire before they are 60 and with a nice final salary pension and a lump sum. Those of us in the private sector have to work until at least we are 65, many in jobs that are just as strenuous and we get 'reorganized' when we cant work, not a pension. When we do retire who knows what pension we will get because its all based on how much our pension pot is worth oh and there will be no lump sum to look forward too. Given todays annuity rates you never build up a pension pot sufficient to pay for your pension so the taxpayer subsidies it.... be happy you have a fantastic deal, now a switch to a money purchase scheme would be something to complain about wknight

9:16pm Mon 16 Dec 13

westhantsboy says...

Don't panic ! It's Ok, the government will just use the Police to cover as usual, Police can't strike, just put on a different hat this time to go with their hats for social worker, dr, nurse, parent advisor, Facebook advisor, mental health nurse oh, last but not least, crime preventer......
Don't panic ! It's Ok, the government will just use the Police to cover as usual, Police can't strike, just put on a different hat this time to go with their hats for social worker, dr, nurse, parent advisor, Facebook advisor, mental health nurse oh, last but not least, crime preventer...... westhantsboy

6:22pm Tue 17 Dec 13

cantthinkofone says...

wknight wrote:
When will people in the public sector wake up to the fact that they all have fantastic pensions, even with the proposed reforms and most get to retire before they are 60 and with a nice final salary pension and a lump sum. Those of us in the private sector have to work until at least we are 65, many in jobs that are just as strenuous and we get 'reorganized' when we cant work, not a pension. When we do retire who knows what pension we will get because its all based on how much our pension pot is worth oh and there will be no lump sum to look forward too. Given todays annuity rates you never build up a pension pot sufficient to pay for your pension so the taxpayer subsidies it.... be happy you have a fantastic deal, now a switch to a money purchase scheme would be something to complain about
I would get paid about 10k more for doing my job in the private sector, plus a selection of perks that don'y exist when you're funded via taxation. It's swings and roundabouts.

If it's such a bed of roses in the public sector then those in the private that make comments such as yours are welcome to apply for vacancies. But they don't, do they? Why is that?
[quote][p][bold]wknight[/bold] wrote: When will people in the public sector wake up to the fact that they all have fantastic pensions, even with the proposed reforms and most get to retire before they are 60 and with a nice final salary pension and a lump sum. Those of us in the private sector have to work until at least we are 65, many in jobs that are just as strenuous and we get 'reorganized' when we cant work, not a pension. When we do retire who knows what pension we will get because its all based on how much our pension pot is worth oh and there will be no lump sum to look forward too. Given todays annuity rates you never build up a pension pot sufficient to pay for your pension so the taxpayer subsidies it.... be happy you have a fantastic deal, now a switch to a money purchase scheme would be something to complain about[/p][/quote]I would get paid about 10k more for doing my job in the private sector, plus a selection of perks that don'y exist when you're funded via taxation. It's swings and roundabouts. If it's such a bed of roses in the public sector then those in the private that make comments such as yours are welcome to apply for vacancies. But they don't, do they? Why is that? cantthinkofone

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