Essex firefighters announce new strike dates in protest over changes to pensions

Gazette: Firefighters set to strike over new year Firefighters set to strike over new year

FIREFIGHTERS across Essex have announced they are not working on New Year’s Eve after the latest round of national strikes were confirmed.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union walked out from stations across Essex from 6pm until 10pm on Friday and Saturday night.

And the strike over pensions and retirement age reforms will resume again from 7pm until midnight on Christmas Eve, 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve until 12.30am on New Year’s Day and from 6.30am until 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

Following the latest strike, Clacton-based union rep Aston Everett said: “It is unfortunate and with great regret we had to do this, but the Government and our employers are just not listening to our evidence and arguments about the proposals for pension changes.

“We picketed outside the station on both evenings and had plenty of support from members of the public.

“It is a last resort, but hopefully it will help our cause and make people aware of our ongoing battle.”

The strike was in protest over the plans to increase retirement age and increase the number of years firefighters have to work before becoming eligible for full pensions.

Back-up services have been put in place by the fire service to cover any incidents during the strike.

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8:39am Wed 18 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

The FBU continues their feeble attempt to hold the rest of the country to ransom with their continued strike action, which not only is it not working but few are not even interested in the slightest.

Take a look around and see how everyone else is dealing with having to wait longer before getting their retirement pension. It may not be fair to anyone but isn't it time the FBU stopped whining on and on about them being a "special case". They are not! and if you don't like what's on offer then there's nothing is stopping any of you from leaving!

The Romanians are coming in January, all looking for your jobs!
The FBU continues their feeble attempt to hold the rest of the country to ransom with their continued strike action, which not only is it not working but few are not even interested in the slightest. Take a look around and see how everyone else is dealing with having to wait longer before getting their retirement pension. It may not be fair to anyone but isn't it time the FBU stopped whining on and on about them being a "special case". They are not! and if you don't like what's on offer then there's nothing is stopping any of you from leaving! The Romanians are coming in January, all looking for your jobs! Say It As It Is OK?

9:28am Wed 18 Dec 13

pidgee says...

I think they do a fantastic job, life saving on occasion but the role hasnt changed. Like many of us they are no exception to the rule on pay, pension and retirement. People live longer thats a fact.
If i went to my employer and threatened to leave or threatened to strike i would be shown the door. As 'say it as it is ok?' says for every person leaving a job there are hundreds willing to take them.
No one is expendable and thats life, just be grateful you have a job, if you dont like the job or conditions you always have a choice......
I think they do a fantastic job, life saving on occasion but the role hasnt changed. Like many of us they are no exception to the rule on pay, pension and retirement. People live longer thats a fact. If i went to my employer and threatened to leave or threatened to strike i would be shown the door. As 'say it as it is ok?' says for every person leaving a job there are hundreds willing to take them. No one is expendable and thats life, just be grateful you have a job, if you dont like the job or conditions you always have a choice...... pidgee

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