Firefighters strike

“We have to make a stand” – a film about the 2014 Fire Brigades Union #FBU strike

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Published on 5 Nov 2014

From 6pm on October 31st to 6pm on November 4th 2014, fire and rescue workers took strike action against the imposition of detrimental changes to their pensions scheme.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has been in dispute with the government since September 2013, including previous strike action undertaken throughout the year.
Stroud Against the Cuts (SATC) supports the FBU’s position in the dispute and supported the strike, with members visiting picket lines around Gloucestershire.
James Beecher, one of SATC’s volunteer co-ordinators, visited the picket line at the Stroud fire and rescue station at Paganhill Lane on 4th November to speak to workers. The film also includes messages of support from people in Stroud Town centre, recorded on the 4th and 5th of November.

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Matt Wrack calls on all firefighters to get to Bucks and defend Ricky Matthews

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Petitioning [DCLG] Department for Communities and Local Government: DCLG must improve its unworkable pension proposals for firefighters

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Petitioning [DCLG] Department for Communities and Local Government

This petition will be delivered to:

[DCLG]

Department for Communities and Local Government

DCLG must improve its unworkable pension proposals for firefighters

Fire Brigades Union

London, United Kingdom

The government has continued its attack on firefighters’ pensions and is imposing changes that mean:

  1.   The normal retirement age for firefighters is set at age 60. This decision was taken despite our concerns and our presenting of a significant amount of evidence showing this is to be unworkable
  2.   The majority of firefighters now pay almost 15% of their salary into their pension scheme, only to get less after retirement. Firefighters pay over £4000 a year from a salary of around £29,000. This is  becoming unaffordable and is pricing firefighters out of their pension scheme
  3.   Firefighters are facing a real threat of dismissal as their fitness declines due to simply getting older. The government is ignoring our concerns that a significant number of firefighters will be sacked as they are unable to maintain the safe fitness standards required to perform their role

This is not the deal firefighters signed up too.

In simple terms the government is proposing a scheme which does not take account of firefighters’ occupational demands. It remains unaffordable, unworkable and unfair. Not only is it a totally inappropriate scheme it puts the public and firefighters at risk.

In short firefighters are expected to PAY MORE, WORK LONGER and GET LESS.

Unlike the devolved administrations, where improvements have been offered, the DCLG has refused to acknowledge any of the issues that firefighters have raised.

The FBU remains committed to resolving this long running dispute through negotiation and is available to discuss any improved offer.

This petition demands that DCLG reconsider its attacks on the firefighters’ pension scheme and present an improved proposal for firefighters to consider.

Sign the petition here

#Firefighters strike over pensions

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Firefighters strike over pensions

Members of the Fire Brigades Union in England will not return to work until the evening before Bonfire night
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, at the TUC's rally in Hyde Park on 18 Octo
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, at the TUC’s rally in Hyde Park on 18 October. Photograph: Mark Kerrison/Demotix/Corbis

Firefighters have walked out on strike for the weekend in their bitter row with the government over pensions. Members of the Fire Brigades Unionin England left their stations at 6pm on Friday and will not return until 6pm on Tuesday, the evening before Bonfire night.

Picket lines were mounted outside fire stations, and will continue throughout the next few days.

Fire brigades again launched contingency plans, including hiring contract staff to cover for striking firefighters, but the public were warned to be extra vigilant, especially if attending firework events.

The West Yorkshire brigade warned that the service and the public would be left in a vulnerable position, telling people to take extra care to ensure their own safety, while the London brigade said it might not attend rubbish or small grass fires or help anyone shut in a lift during the strike.

The FBU hit back at government statements that firefighters would continue to receive one of the best pension packages of any worker, even after changes to their pension scheme.

The union’s general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “How can it be remotely fair that the prime minister, already a millionaire, enjoys a far greater subsidy from his employer in absolute and proportional terms than a firefighter who is earning less than £30,000 a year? It is sickening hypocrisy.”

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BBC News: #Firefighters in England walk out in four-day strike over pensions

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Firefighters in England walk out in four-day strike over pensions

Picket line at Leicester Central
Picket lines were mounted outside fire stations, including in Leicester where 15 people walked out

Firefighters across England have begun a four-day strike in a row over pensions during one of the service’s busiest weekends of the year.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members walked out at 18:00 GMT and are due back the evening before Bonfire Night.

Some fire brigades have warned the public could be left “vulnerable” and small fires may not be attended.

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