firefighters to hold 15th strike next week
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join thousands of other public sector
workers in a one-day strike next week.
Fire Brigades Union has announced that firefighters in services
across England and Wales will join the strike on July 10th as
part of a series of disputes with the Government over pay and
FBU in particular has been in an ongoing row over pensions stretching
into last year, over proposals to increase the contributions firefighters
make to their pensions, which the union says could cost £4,000
FBU strike will take place between 10am and 7pm and will be the
15th in the firefighters campaign. Firefighters in Burnham
say they will respond to any serious incidents where lives are
Thorley, the south west FBU secretary, said: "Our main concern
is over pensions, but the day of the strike does coincide with
that of many other public workers who are planning to take industrial
action on July 10th."
disappointing. Obviously, if negotiations were going well with
the Government we would not be announcing industrial action, so
it is a bit of a Mexican stand-off."
think in Northern Ireland they are approaching a deal and in Scotland
they are not striking because they are nearing an acceptable deal.
It just seems like the Government in England and Wales, the Government
in Westminster, is very reluctant to negotiate a fair deal with
FBU also objects to raising the retirement age to 60, making tough
physical tests harder to pass.
top of that it is objecting to proposals which could see firefighters
who do not pass the tests being sacked and unable to claim their
pension until they reach the national retirement age of 67.
& Somerset Fire & Rescue Service says it has "substantial
contingency plans" in place to ensure that it continues to
respond to emergency incidents.
than a million council staff, health workers, teachers and civil
servants from across the country are expected to take industrial
action on the same day.