firefighters holding 15th strike today in pensions row
in Burnham-On-Sea are set to join thousands of other public sector
workers in a one-day strike today (Thursday) with eight further
days of strikes planned next week.
Fire Brigades Union says firefighters in services across England
and Wales will join the strike in an ongoing dispute with the
Government over pay and pensions.
strike takes place today between 10am and 7pm and will be the
15th in the firefighters campaign. Further strikes will
place betweem July 14th and 21st, as outlined below.
in Burnham say they will respond to any serious incidents where
lives are at stake.
FBU has been in an ongoing row over pensions stretching back into
last year over proposals to increase the contributions firefighters
make to their pensions, which the union says could cost £4,000
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. I
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. On 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.
The eight consecutive day strike will begin on Monday, July
14. The strike times are:
Monday, July 14: 6am 8am and 5pm 7pm
Tuesday, July 15: 6am 8am and 5pm 7pm
Wednesday, July 16: 6am 8am and 5pm 7pm
Thursday, July 17: 6am 8am and 5pm 7pm
Friday, July 18: 6am 8am and 11pm 1am
Saturday, July 19: 11am 1pm and 11pm 1am
Sunday, July 20: 5pm 7pm
Monday, July 21: 6am 8am and 5pm 7pm