days of strikes by Burnham-On-Sea firefighters begin today
DAYS OF FIRE STRIKES:
The eight consecutive days of strikes will take place at the
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
Sunday, July 20: 5pm 7pm
Monday, July 21: 6am 8am and 5pm 7pm
in Burnham-On-Sea are taking part in an eight-day nationwide strike
from today (Monday, July 14th).
Fire Brigades Union says firefighters in services across England
and Wales are taking part in the strike as part of a long-running
dispute with the Government over pay and pensions.
eight consecutive days of strikes will take place at different
times over the next week, as shown above.
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: "If negotiations
were going well with the Government we would not be holding 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. Firefighters
in Burnham-On-Sea say they would respond to any serious incidents
where lives are at stake.