Eight more days of firefighters strikes begin after talks collapse

Eight more days of firefighters strikes begin after talks collapse

Eight more days of firefighters strikes begin after talks collapse

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EIGHT more days of firefighters strikes started today as crews across walked out nationwide due to the bitter dispute with the government over pensions.

Firemen from East and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services have gone to the picket lines after Penny Mordaunt, the recently appointed under-secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government, cancelled last minute talks on Thursday.

Union bosses said her cancellation made ongoing strikes "inevitable". Strikes will take place each day from today August until next Saturday between 12pm and 2pm and between 10.59pm and 11.59pm.

Andy Dark, FBU Assistant General Secretary, said: “Government proposals as they stand include a number of unacceptable elements including firefighters being forced to work until 60 – an age at which the enormous physical demands of the job are beyond most of us.

“Both sides have identified that there are possible solutions to these issues but the Government is unwilling to amends its proposals. “Firefighters hate striking. We believe that Winston Churchill was right to say ’Jaw-jaw is always better than war-war.’

“That is why we are astounded by the cancellation of the last-minute talks by Ms Mordaunt on Thursday.

“It is a bitter disappointment that she cancelled them and made this series of strikes inevitable.”

A spokesman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue said: "We have contingency plans in place and continue to respond to emergencies during the strike, using professional crews made up of non-FBU members and retained firefighters.

"We will still respond to emergencies, prioritising where lives are at risk, but cover will be reduced.

"Our message to members of the public during the strike remains the same. If you have a fire - get out, stay out and dial 999. We will respond.

"Because our emergency cover is reduced during the strike, we are also urging members of the public to do what they can to prevent incidents and stay safe."

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11:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

matlock says...

"Firefighters hate striking"?

'm not convinced that is entirely true. They seem even more militant than teachers.
"Firefighters hate striking"? 'm not convinced that is entirely true. They seem even more militant than teachers. matlock
  • Score: -52

8:39am Sun 10 Aug 14

The Wolfie says...

Any excuse. Hope their pay is stopped when they're striking.

If you are that dis-satisfied - find another job! Oh, but there aren't any that allow you to get paid to sleep, play pool and have a second job on your days off are there...

WASTERS! GO BACK TO WORK OR QUIT!
Any excuse. Hope their pay is stopped when they're striking. If you are that dis-satisfied - find another job! Oh, but there aren't any that allow you to get paid to sleep, play pool and have a second job on your days off are there... WASTERS! GO BACK TO WORK OR QUIT! The Wolfie
  • Score: -41

8:43am Sun 10 Aug 14

matlock says...

Below is a copy of the letter from Penny Mordant to Andy Dark. How is the government supposed to negotiate with such a devisive union?

"Dear Andy,
Thank you for your letter of 6 August.
Your Executive Council met on 24 and 29 July and no strike action was announced, although I can only subsequently conclude that strike action had been agreed. You sought a meeting with me, which I was happy to accept given that no action had been announced. My office proposed a final meeting date and time with your office on 31 July just after midday. At around 1pm that same afternoon, my Department became aware that the FBU had called further strike action. It seems clear that your decision to announce strike action was withheld until a meeting was arranged. This shows very bad faith on your part given that I had already made it very clear that strike action limits both dialogue and options available to me.
I would be happy to meet with you if you call off further damaging industrial action."
Below is a copy of the letter from Penny Mordant to Andy Dark. How is the government supposed to negotiate with such a devisive union? "Dear Andy, Thank you for your letter of 6 August. Your Executive Council met on 24 and 29 July and no strike action was announced, although I can only subsequently conclude that strike action had been agreed. You sought a meeting with me, which I was happy to accept given that no action had been announced. My office proposed a final meeting date and time with your office on 31 July just after midday. At around 1pm that same afternoon, my Department became aware that the FBU had called further strike action. It seems clear that your decision to announce strike action was withheld until a meeting was arranged. This shows very bad faith on your part given that I had already made it very clear that strike action limits both dialogue and options available to me. I would be happy to meet with you if you call off further damaging industrial action." matlock
  • Score: -38

8:54am Sun 10 Aug 14

matlock says...

Well worth reading the most recent six-or-so letters to help to get a more balanced picture of how both parties are conducting themselves during the negotiations:

https://www.gov.uk/g
overnment/publicatio
ns/firefighters-pens
ion-scheme-reforms
Well worth reading the most recent six-or-so letters to help to get a more balanced picture of how both parties are conducting themselves during the negotiations: https://www.gov.uk/g overnment/publicatio ns/firefighters-pens ion-scheme-reforms matlock
  • Score: -26

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