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Gloucestershire firefighters strike in row over pensions

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 02, 2014

FBU members are on strike

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Firefighters in Gloucestershire start a series of strikes today in a row over pensions.

The Fire Brigades’ Union will call its members out on strike for five hours this afternoon between noon and 5pm, with another 12-hour strike between 2pm tomorrow and 2am on Sunday morning.

The third period of strike action is due to take place between 10am and 3pm on Sunday.

Fire chiefs across the West are re-jigging cover and hoping to call on retained firefighters whose “on-call” stations are not affected by the strike action.

A picket line is expected to be set up at the Cheltenham North fire station at the Elmbridge Court roundabout.

The dispute, which has rumbled on since last year, is about pensions and Government plans to make firefighters work into their 60s.

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  • Douglasknows  |  May 02 2014, 12:36PM

    Red seems to be an appropriate colour for fire crews nowadays!

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  • IsitJimKerr  |  May 02 2014, 11:55AM

    Unfortunately, these guys have lost the public vote. Led by militant FBU officials, the authorities are fed up with unreasonable demands. I know two firefighters. One, a very close friend openly admits to me that they are on to a good thing. He has four days on, four days off. On those four days off, he's not stuck inside watching Jeremy Kyle et al. no he's out working his bum off getting extra money. Not that he actually needs it. He gets very well paid for what he admits is easy work. A second 'acquaintance' lived near me. When I put to him the points my friend made, he just looked at me for a few seconds, said 'I don't know what you are talking about', then turned and walked away. The argument they use about public safety, in that we don't want a load of sixty year old men running in to a burning house is nonsense. On any one shift, there are a mix of staff from twenty to sixty. While there may be a shortage of light duties, certainly the younger men are most willing to get stuck in. As for their pensions, they are totally protected, and the best in the public service. You would have to be contributing two thousand per month to a private scheme to get the same, and even then, it's subject to market forces. Sorry lads, get reasonable, then get the public's appreciation.

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