Firefighters to strike for eight days in a row in dispute over pensions

Firefighters reduced by half as eight day strike looms in row over pensions

Firefighters reduced by half as eight day strike looms in row over pensions

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FIREFIGHTERS across Dorset are set to strike for eight consecutive days as part of an ongoing row with the government over pensions.

Staff at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service will walk out between 12pm and 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59pm from Saturday, August 9, to Saturday, August 16.

Residents are being asked to take “extra care” as the number of firefighters on-hand to deal with incidents will be reduced by around half.

Darran Gunter, chief fire officer at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, said crews will respond to 999 calls.

“Our priority will be to respond to those calls where lives may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued,” he said.

“If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need, could be at risk, so please only ring 999 if a fire engine is really needed.”

Residents are being urged to take care at home and on the roads.

Mr Gunter added: “We are urging members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home or on our heathland.

“Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or careless disposal of cigarettes.

“The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.”

The Fire Brigade’s Union has called the strike in opposition of government plans to increase the retirement age of firefighters from 55 to 60.

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.”

The government’s newly appointed fire minister, Penny Mordaunt, branded the latest strikes as “counterproductive”.

She said: "The action by the FBU is completely futile and counterproductive to the interests of their members and the public.

"I hope they will soon realise that and re-engage so we can get this situation swiftly resolved."

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10:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

adspacebroker says...

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.”........well maybe if your members had not been milking it for so many years before by going for medical retirement with a 'bad back' 2 years before they were due to retire anyway then there would be more money in the pot! Your predecessor before last Ken Cameron was told many years ago that the pot was in danger of going dry by 2006 if things didnt change. 60 is no age provided you keep fit and healthy.
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.”........well maybe if your members had not been milking it for so many years before by going for medical retirement with a 'bad back' 2 years before they were due to retire anyway then there would be more money in the pot! Your predecessor before last Ken Cameron was told many years ago that the pot was in danger of going dry by 2006 if things didnt change. 60 is no age provided you keep fit and healthy. adspacebroker
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lord gungedin of Ferndown says...

Just think of all those abandoned ping pong tables, gymns and volleyball courts as well as all those beds lying empty for 8 days!
Just think of all those abandoned ping pong tables, gymns and volleyball courts as well as all those beds lying empty for 8 days! Lord gungedin of Ferndown
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12:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

At least they will be able to go full time in all those lucrative second jobs for a week then.

Retire by 60 - most of us can only dream of it!
At least they will be able to go full time in all those lucrative second jobs for a week then. Retire by 60 - most of us can only dream of it! muscliffman
  • Score: 0

4:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Judaas says...

If everyone at the age of 60 were able to stay fit enough why don't you see 60 year old service men and women on the front line. I believe they retire at 45 I wonder why that is?
I don't see many professional footballers getting past 35, why is that?
Probably the most important point is, without consultation, firefighters have had new pension regulations imposed upon them. They now have to pay more, work longer and receive less - I don't believe any one in this world would accept that.
They have a justified right to fight their corner - this is not striking over a minor point.
If everyone at the age of 60 were able to stay fit enough why don't you see 60 year old service men and women on the front line. I believe they retire at 45 I wonder why that is? I don't see many professional footballers getting past 35, why is that? Probably the most important point is, without consultation, firefighters have had new pension regulations imposed upon them. They now have to pay more, work longer and receive less - I don't believe any one in this world would accept that. They have a justified right to fight their corner - this is not striking over a minor point. Judaas
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

No in the trade ,so not sure when Brickies ,plasters,labourers retire .or if they have s bed at work to settle into after a bit of volley ball,and please Don,t tell us about 200 foot ladders ,good night
No in the trade ,so not sure when Brickies ,plasters,labourers retire .or if they have s bed at work to settle into after a bit of volley ball,and please Don,t tell us about 200 foot ladders ,good night kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -3

6:13pm Fri 8 Aug 14

adspacebroker says...

Judaas wrote:
If everyone at the age of 60 were able to stay fit enough why don't you see 60 year old service men and women on the front line. I believe they retire at 45 I wonder why that is?
I don't see many professional footballers getting past 35, why is that?
Probably the most important point is, without consultation, firefighters have had new pension regulations imposed upon them. They now have to pay more, work longer and receive less - I don't believe any one in this world would accept that.
They have a justified right to fight their corner - this is not striking over a minor point.
I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I made some moments ago, you want to thank the greedy colleagues that milked it for so many years. You have an option to top up your pension or get a private one and lets us not forget the fact that a ridiculous 4/4 watch system is still being run when that should have gone along time ago. In terms of the armed forces they actually run the distance and don't go on a life long picnic at 45 or even 55!! You know what they say, if you can't stand the heat...get a job!
[quote][p][bold]Judaas[/bold] wrote: If everyone at the age of 60 were able to stay fit enough why don't you see 60 year old service men and women on the front line. I believe they retire at 45 I wonder why that is? I don't see many professional footballers getting past 35, why is that? Probably the most important point is, without consultation, firefighters have had new pension regulations imposed upon them. They now have to pay more, work longer and receive less - I don't believe any one in this world would accept that. They have a justified right to fight their corner - this is not striking over a minor point.[/p][/quote]I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I made some moments ago, you want to thank the greedy colleagues that milked it for so many years. You have an option to top up your pension or get a private one and lets us not forget the fact that a ridiculous 4/4 watch system is still being run when that should have gone along time ago. In terms of the armed forces they actually run the distance and don't go on a life long picnic at 45 or even 55!! You know what they say, if you can't stand the heat...get a job! adspacebroker
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9:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Judaas says...

adspacebroker wrote:
Judaas wrote:
If everyone at the age of 60 were able to stay fit enough why don't you see 60 year old service men and women on the front line. I believe they retire at 45 I wonder why that is?
I don't see many professional footballers getting past 35, why is that?
Probably the most important point is, without consultation, firefighters have had new pension regulations imposed upon them. They now have to pay more, work longer and receive less - I don't believe any one in this world would accept that.
They have a justified right to fight their corner - this is not striking over a minor point.
I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I made some moments ago, you want to thank the greedy colleagues that milked it for so many years. You have an option to top up your pension or get a private one and lets us not forget the fact that a ridiculous 4/4 watch system is still being run when that should have gone along time ago. In terms of the armed forces they actually run the distance and don't go on a life long picnic at 45 or even 55!! You know what they say, if you can't stand the heat...get a job!
You have missed the point and not answered the question - if the same happened to you what would you do?
Life choices - join the fire service pay much more than anyone else does for a pension and expect it on the due date at the rate the signed contract says.
You would think it was the firefighters that wrote the contracts they signed and not those issued by the employers.
If the Government succeed on this then this will affect anyone in a contract, which includes a pension.
Wake up to what the fight is about, and don't think it concerns just firefighters - it concerns us all when contracts can be broken without consultation and agreement.
[quote][p][bold]adspacebroker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Judaas[/bold] wrote: If everyone at the age of 60 were able to stay fit enough why don't you see 60 year old service men and women on the front line. I believe they retire at 45 I wonder why that is? I don't see many professional footballers getting past 35, why is that? Probably the most important point is, without consultation, firefighters have had new pension regulations imposed upon them. They now have to pay more, work longer and receive less - I don't believe any one in this world would accept that. They have a justified right to fight their corner - this is not striking over a minor point.[/p][/quote]I refer the honourable gentleman to the answer I made some moments ago, you want to thank the greedy colleagues that milked it for so many years. You have an option to top up your pension or get a private one and lets us not forget the fact that a ridiculous 4/4 watch system is still being run when that should have gone along time ago. In terms of the armed forces they actually run the distance and don't go on a life long picnic at 45 or even 55!! You know what they say, if you can't stand the heat...get a job![/p][/quote]You have missed the point and not answered the question - if the same happened to you what would you do? Life choices - join the fire service pay much more than anyone else does for a pension and expect it on the due date at the rate the signed contract says. You would think it was the firefighters that wrote the contracts they signed and not those issued by the employers. If the Government succeed on this then this will affect anyone in a contract, which includes a pension. Wake up to what the fight is about, and don't think it concerns just firefighters - it concerns us all when contracts can be broken without consultation and agreement. Judaas
  • Score: 3

8:20am Sat 9 Aug 14

adspacebroker says...

I think you have missed the point sir, why should my wife have to wait until the age of 67 to draw the state pension when all of her life she has been working towards a state pension at 60. What does she do? go on strike and stand outside No. 10 because they changed the rules. The UK Fire & Rescue Service are just one of many businesses and organisations that have had to adjust the plan. As I said, every firefighter has a choice......love it or leave it. But do not hold the community to ransom...you will loose as Matt Wrack is already finding out...
I think you have missed the point sir, why should my wife have to wait until the age of 67 to draw the state pension when all of her life she has been working towards a state pension at 60. What does she do? go on strike and stand outside No. 10 because they changed the rules. The UK Fire & Rescue Service are just one of many businesses and organisations that have had to adjust the plan. As I said, every firefighter has a choice......love it or leave it. But do not hold the community to ransom...you will loose as Matt Wrack is already finding out... adspacebroker
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Southmouth says...

The fact that firefighters have one of the most generous pension schemes going, that is also funded by the taxpayer who will also pay in more, seems to have been conveniently forgotten by the FBU.
The military, Paramedics or Police dont strike, why should the Firefighters think they are any better ?
They have the option to take their money out of their pension fund and find another that will do better.....! The chances of that are nil, as they wouldn't have it topped up by the taxpayer who they now want to hold to ransom .
The fact that firefighters have one of the most generous pension schemes going, that is also funded by the taxpayer who will also pay in more, seems to have been conveniently forgotten by the FBU. The military, Paramedics or Police dont strike, why should the Firefighters think they are any better ? They have the option to take their money out of their pension fund and find another that will do better.....! The chances of that are nil, as they wouldn't have it topped up by the taxpayer who they now want to hold to ransom . Southmouth
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