Firefighters set to strike again over pensions

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FIREFIGHTERS will strike again later this month after announcing a further eight day period of action.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said current retirement proposals remain unworkable after further meetings with the Westminster government.

The strikes will take place over eight days from Saturday, August 9, until Saturday, August 16, between noon and 2pm and 10.59pm and 11.59pm.

The union said current proposals would mean if firefighters opt for early retirement, their pension would drop by an “unacceptably high” margin.

Its general secretary Matt Wrack said: “It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.

“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.”

The Department for Communities and Local Government had not responded with a comment on the action by yesterday afternoon.

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11:15am Fri 1 Aug 14

Sometimes says...

Rather than let them retire at 50 or 60, why not move them to another role within the public sector, that way they still making a contribution to society and maintaining their income. The numbers are not going to be that great every year so I don't see a problem. There are plenty of jobs throughout the public sector that they could do until they reach the same retirement age as the rest of us. This could then be introduced for the Police Force, Teachers, etc.
Rather than let them retire at 50 or 60, why not move them to another role within the public sector, that way they still making a contribution to society and maintaining their income. The numbers are not going to be that great every year so I don't see a problem. There are plenty of jobs throughout the public sector that they could do until they reach the same retirement age as the rest of us. This could then be introduced for the Police Force, Teachers, etc. Sometimes
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11:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

bobbajob says...

Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years?

That is the issue in a nutshell
Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years? That is the issue in a nutshell bobbajob
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12:53pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sometimes says...

bobbajob wrote:
Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years?

That is the issue in a nutshell
From what I understand it's the new recruits that would have the different retirement dates and therefore their contracts would state this. Unlike the private sector where we have been told we WILL have to work longer into our late 60's in order to get our pensions regardless of what age we are now. It wasn't that long ago that the FBU went on strike for a 40% pay rise! £29K a year is not a bad pension for a workforce with no qualifications, far more than those who will work to 67 or 68 will ever get.

People need to get real, you can't have people retiring at 50 and taking a pension for the next 40 years, that's what happened to Greece and look where their economy went.
[quote][p][bold]bobbajob[/bold] wrote: Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years? That is the issue in a nutshell[/p][/quote]From what I understand it's the new recruits that would have the different retirement dates and therefore their contracts would state this. Unlike the private sector where we have been told we WILL have to work longer into our late 60's in order to get our pensions regardless of what age we are now. It wasn't that long ago that the FBU went on strike for a 40% pay rise! £29K a year is not a bad pension for a workforce with no qualifications, far more than those who will work to 67 or 68 will ever get. People need to get real, you can't have people retiring at 50 and taking a pension for the next 40 years, that's what happened to Greece and look where their economy went. Sometimes
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4:16pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Newportg says...

Sometimes wrote:
bobbajob wrote:
Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years?

That is the issue in a nutshell
From what I understand it's the new recruits that would have the different retirement dates and therefore their contracts would state this. Unlike the private sector where we have been told we WILL have to work longer into our late 60's in order to get our pensions regardless of what age we are now. It wasn't that long ago that the FBU went on strike for a 40% pay rise! £29K a year is not a bad pension for a workforce with no qualifications, far more than those who will work to 67 or 68 will ever get.

People need to get real, you can't have people retiring at 50 and taking a pension for the next 40 years, that's what happened to Greece and look where their economy went.
These people put their lives on the line for us! How many times have you had to risk your life for the sake of others? Good luck to them. They have my support!
[quote][p][bold]Sometimes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbajob[/bold] wrote: Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years? That is the issue in a nutshell[/p][/quote]From what I understand it's the new recruits that would have the different retirement dates and therefore their contracts would state this. Unlike the private sector where we have been told we WILL have to work longer into our late 60's in order to get our pensions regardless of what age we are now. It wasn't that long ago that the FBU went on strike for a 40% pay rise! £29K a year is not a bad pension for a workforce with no qualifications, far more than those who will work to 67 or 68 will ever get. People need to get real, you can't have people retiring at 50 and taking a pension for the next 40 years, that's what happened to Greece and look where their economy went.[/p][/quote]These people put their lives on the line for us! How many times have you had to risk your life for the sake of others? Good luck to them. They have my support! Newportg
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6:39pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

They knew what they were signing up for if they don't like it get another job simples
They knew what they were signing up for if they don't like it get another job simples Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Newportg wrote:
Sometimes wrote:
bobbajob wrote: Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years? That is the issue in a nutshell
From what I understand it's the new recruits that would have the different retirement dates and therefore their contracts would state this. Unlike the private sector where we have been told we WILL have to work longer into our late 60's in order to get our pensions regardless of what age we are now. It wasn't that long ago that the FBU went on strike for a 40% pay rise! £29K a year is not a bad pension for a workforce with no qualifications, far more than those who will work to 67 or 68 will ever get. People need to get real, you can't have people retiring at 50 and taking a pension for the next 40 years, that's what happened to Greece and look where their economy went.
These people put their lives on the line for us! How many times have you had to risk your life for the sake of others? Good luck to them. They have my support!
Thats fine but thats the service the majority of calls now are for rescue (incl. animal) & RTC's the numbe of fire call outs is actually falling.
[quote][p][bold]Newportg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sometimes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbajob[/bold] wrote: Why not honour the contracts they signed up to? Would you like it if your mortgage provider increased your payments by 4 percent and told you to pay for an extra 10 years? That is the issue in a nutshell[/p][/quote]From what I understand it's the new recruits that would have the different retirement dates and therefore their contracts would state this. Unlike the private sector where we have been told we WILL have to work longer into our late 60's in order to get our pensions regardless of what age we are now. It wasn't that long ago that the FBU went on strike for a 40% pay rise! £29K a year is not a bad pension for a workforce with no qualifications, far more than those who will work to 67 or 68 will ever get. People need to get real, you can't have people retiring at 50 and taking a pension for the next 40 years, that's what happened to Greece and look where their economy went.[/p][/quote]These people put their lives on the line for us! How many times have you had to risk your life for the sake of others? Good luck to them. They have my support![/p][/quote]Thats fine but thats the service the majority of calls now are for rescue (incl. animal) & RTC's the numbe of fire call outs is actually falling. Limestonecowboy
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