Firefighters set to strike on New Year's Eve

Warrington Guardian: Strike action in Warrington earlier in the year Strike action in Warrington earlier in the year

FIREFIGHTERS in Warrington will stage further walk outs this evening over an ongoing dispute with the Government over pension changes.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will stage a strike at 6.30pm today to 12.30am on New Year’s Day.

Fire Brigades Union general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Christmas is just an ordinary working time for firefighters, and our members have been on the front line dealing with storms, floods and other emergencies every day.

“None of us wanted these strikes, but firefighters on duty over the festive period don’t have much to celebrate this year.

“They are being priced out of their pensions and face the sack because the Government can’t accept that 60 year old men and women can’t meet the same fitness standards as 20 year olds.”

Union chiefs have claimed that most firefighters only take home approximately £1,650 a month and already pay £320 or more a month into their pensions.

From April, this would rise for the third year in a row to over £340 a month, with many facing a fourth consecutive rise of 2.2 per cent in 2015.

A further strike across England and Wales is planned at 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday.

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12:14pm Tue 31 Dec 13

richiepooh says...

You know, we do our best to support them and honour thier brave work.. yet they seem to always strike bonfire night, and now NYE when fireworks are used.

remember its the public that support you, and thats who you put at risk when you select days like this.
You know, we do our best to support them and honour thier brave work.. yet they seem to always strike bonfire night, and now NYE when fireworks are used. remember its the public that support you, and thats who you put at risk when you select days like this. richiepooh

12:46pm Tue 31 Dec 13

SAC_in_Warrington says...

richiepooh wrote:
You know, we do our best to support them and honour thier brave work.. yet they seem to always strike bonfire night, and now NYE when fireworks are used.

remember its the public that support you, and thats who you put at risk when you select days like this.
What are you crowing about!? The brave heroes deserve all the praise and recompense that they have truthfully earned and all achieved without any discrimination. More pertinently to your most derogatory comment the will turn out to specific emergencies, the other call outs will be covered by senior officers and non Fire Brigade Union Members. I support the Fire Brigade Union Members action 100% and unreservedly honour these 24/7 heroes!
[quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: You know, we do our best to support them and honour thier brave work.. yet they seem to always strike bonfire night, and now NYE when fireworks are used. remember its the public that support you, and thats who you put at risk when you select days like this.[/p][/quote]What are you crowing about!? The brave heroes deserve all the praise and recompense that they have truthfully earned and all achieved without any discrimination. More pertinently to your most derogatory comment the will turn out to specific emergencies, the other call outs will be covered by senior officers and non Fire Brigade Union Members. I support the Fire Brigade Union Members action 100% and unreservedly honour these 24/7 heroes! SAC_in_Warrington

11:51pm Tue 31 Dec 13

xJUDEx says...

Its because the public haven't backed fire fighters that they have no choice but strike. They would prefer to work on new years eve than stand freezing pickiting whilst us public are enjoying celebrations. They see more than we do, people smashed up in cars and burnt in fires. The government should have more respect for them endangering their lives every shift and they work long hours. They work with no sleep for hours on end. The only time the government take notice is on special occasions. The government have already reduced the amount of firemen at each station putting us public at risk. Don't blame the firemen
Its because the public haven't backed fire fighters that they have no choice but strike. They would prefer to work on new years eve than stand freezing pickiting whilst us public are enjoying celebrations. They see more than we do, people smashed up in cars and burnt in fires. The government should have more respect for them endangering their lives every shift and they work long hours. They work with no sleep for hours on end. The only time the government take notice is on special occasions. The government have already reduced the amount of firemen at each station putting us public at risk. Don't blame the firemen xJUDEx

1:06am Wed 1 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

DONT PAY £320 INTO A PENSION A MONTH THEN !!!!!!! WANT TO GIVE THEM "WRITTEN" WARNINGS FOR STRIKING !! DISGRACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
DONT PAY £320 INTO A PENSION A MONTH THEN !!!!!!! WANT TO GIVE THEM "WRITTEN" WARNINGS FOR STRIKING !! DISGRACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! MAD 4 IT

11:09am Wed 1 Jan 14

Brick Bazooka says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
DONT PAY £320 INTO A PENSION A MONTH THEN !!!!!!! WANT TO GIVE THEM "WRITTEN" WARNINGS FOR STRIKING !! DISGRACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!
Are you being serious or just trolling? Perhaps one day you will change your opinion should you ever need to call on their services (god willing).
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: DONT PAY £320 INTO A PENSION A MONTH THEN !!!!!!! WANT TO GIVE THEM "WRITTEN" WARNINGS FOR STRIKING !! DISGRACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!![/p][/quote]Are you being serious or just trolling? Perhaps one day you will change your opinion should you ever need to call on their services (god willing). Brick Bazooka

1:28pm Wed 1 Jan 14

MAD 4 IT says...

PURE GREED
PURE GREED MAD 4 IT

3:27pm Wed 1 Jan 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

MAD 4 IT wrote:
PURE GREED
Not so, there is no greed involved in the terms and conditions that these brave men and women who serve the public faithfully and without prejudice for twenty-four hours a day, for seven days a week and every day of the year. It is not their fault that the "Government, has changed the agreement it once had with them. Come on Mad it seems that you are not keeping up with the specific details of the dispute.
[quote][p][bold]MAD 4 IT[/bold] wrote: PURE GREED[/p][/quote]Not so, there is no greed involved in the terms and conditions that these brave men and women who serve the public faithfully and without prejudice for twenty-four hours a day, for seven days a week and every day of the year. It is not their fault that the "Government, has changed the agreement it once had with them. Come on Mad it seems that you are not keeping up with the specific details of the dispute. SAC_in_Warrington

3:02pm Thu 2 Jan 14

pognoogle says...

Striking on more 'important' days brings more awareness to their cause. These guys work bloody hard, and potentially put their lives at risk every shift (I know it's in the job description etc, but we're not doing it are we, they are!) They also have to put up with a lot of s*** because of the idiocy of (some of) the general public.

They do work hard, they're there when we need them and should be supported in fighting for respectful rights. Instead off criticizing these guys, maybe we should get more heavily on the case of fat cats; their wages, working hours, pension schemes and tax avoidance.
Striking on more 'important' days brings more awareness to their cause. These guys work bloody hard, and potentially put their lives at risk every shift (I know it's in the job description etc, but we're not doing it are we, they are!) They also have to put up with a lot of s*** because of the idiocy of (some of) the general public. They do work hard, they're there when we need them and should be supported in fighting for respectful rights. Instead off criticizing these guys, maybe we should get more heavily on the case of fat cats; their wages, working hours, pension schemes and tax avoidance. pognoogle

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