Hampshire firefighters will walk out eight times in August

Hampshire firefighters to strike again in August

Hampshire firefighters to strike again in August

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

HAMPSHIRE firefighters are to stage a fresh series of strikes over eight days next month in their long-running dispute over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union has been holding series of strikes over the past year in protest against government changes which it maintains will lead to firefighters working longer and having their pensions cut.

The FBU has accused the Government of refusing to hold discussions to try to break the deadlock.

The latest strikes, from August 9, will be held for a few hours each day, between 12pm and 2pm and 10.59pm and 11.59pm.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.

“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

“We know it, and the public know it, but the Government will not listen to the evidence based case we have made to them.”

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3:35pm Thu 31 Jul 14

steekeemcglue says...

they don't do anything anyway.... save the public purse a few quid.... ;-)
they don't do anything anyway.... save the public purse a few quid.... ;-) steekeemcglue
  • Score: -11

5:33pm Thu 31 Jul 14

kyrrie says...

I do agree they should not be made to work until they are 60 if they don't feel safely able to do the job, however are they thinking of safety when they strike? All I have read about in the echo in the past few days is fire and how the dry weather is making it worse so surely striking is putting others at risk. I understand a point has to be raised but there are other ways of doing it.
I do agree they should not be made to work until they are 60 if they don't feel safely able to do the job, however are they thinking of safety when they strike? All I have read about in the echo in the past few days is fire and how the dry weather is making it worse so surely striking is putting others at risk. I understand a point has to be raised but there are other ways of doing it. kyrrie
  • Score: -6

6:25pm Thu 31 Jul 14

steekeemcglue says...

kyrrie wrote:
I do agree they should not be made to work until they are 60 if they don't feel safely able to do the job, however are they thinking of safety when they strike? All I have read about in the echo in the past few days is fire and how the dry weather is making it worse so surely striking is putting others at risk. I understand a point has to be raised but there are other ways of doing it.
there gripe is legitimate but strike action just proves they are not an essential service.... they are lucky to be able to afford to strike....
[quote][p][bold]kyrrie[/bold] wrote: I do agree they should not be made to work until they are 60 if they don't feel safely able to do the job, however are they thinking of safety when they strike? All I have read about in the echo in the past few days is fire and how the dry weather is making it worse so surely striking is putting others at risk. I understand a point has to be raised but there are other ways of doing it.[/p][/quote]there gripe is legitimate but strike action just proves they are not an essential service.... they are lucky to be able to afford to strike.... steekeemcglue
  • Score: -7

10:59pm Thu 31 Jul 14

bullsbags says...

Would be interesting to see what would happen if one of their houses was going up in flames!
Would be interesting to see what would happen if one of their houses was going up in flames! bullsbags
  • Score: 0

12:25am Fri 1 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

When the government will not talk & will not listen to reason, what do you do? Even when results from their own independently collated research states that the majority of fire fighters won't make it to the new retirement at the age of 60 (the new pension starts in 2015) then that scheme is not fit for purpose.. Fire fighters are professional & proud to serve, but this government is pushing them & the service itself to the brink. Next step will be privatised emergency services & we've all seen the outcome of Westminsters blunders in that area.. So yes they will walk out the doors to protect what they were promised many years ago;fIf you want a cheap dig then have a go at the Conservatives, who have just accepted a 11% pay rise & all the privileges this adds to their own solid gold pension, payed for by you!
When the government will not talk & will not listen to reason, what do you do? Even when results from their own independently collated research states that the majority of fire fighters won't make it to the new retirement at the age of 60 (the new pension starts in 2015) then that scheme is not fit for purpose.. Fire fighters are professional & proud to serve, but this government is pushing them & the service itself to the brink. Next step will be privatised emergency services & we've all seen the outcome of Westminsters blunders in that area.. So yes they will walk out the doors to protect what they were promised many years ago;fIf you want a cheap dig then have a go at the Conservatives, who have just accepted a 11% pay rise & all the privileges this adds to their own solid gold pension, payed for by you! Solent Soul
  • Score: 3

7:41am Fri 1 Aug 14

westhantsboy says...

Has to be one of the most ineffective strikes ever. Does anyone actually realise they are on strike as they still turn out for real emergencies anyway.
Has to be one of the most ineffective strikes ever. Does anyone actually realise they are on strike as they still turn out for real emergencies anyway. westhantsboy
  • Score: 1

7:27pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Linesman says...

The fire service is like an insurance policy. Nobody likes paying the premiums on their house and contents policy, but are glad that they did when disaster strikes.

With the floods earlier this year. Many had no insurance cover, and then wanted 'someone to do something' to help them.

Who came to their aid?

The fire service was one, and they were not working 9-5.

They do not just deal with fires.

If I need to be rescued from an upstairs room, I want someone who is fit enough to do the job, not someone who is 60+ - someone that I would give up my seat on a bus for, or goes to work using his Old Persons' Bus Pass.
The fire service is like an insurance policy. Nobody likes paying the premiums on their house and contents policy, but are glad that they did when disaster strikes. With the floods earlier this year. Many had no insurance cover, and then wanted 'someone to do something' to help them. Who came to their aid? The fire service was one, and they were not working 9-5. They do not just deal with fires. If I need to be rescued from an upstairs room, I want someone who is fit enough to do the job, not someone who is 60+ - someone that I would give up my seat on a bus for, or goes to work using his Old Persons' Bus Pass. Linesman
  • Score: 1

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