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Firefighters to strike over changes to their pensions

The Argus: Firefighters to strike over changes to their pensions Firefighters to strike over changes to their pensions

A TOTAL of 200 firefighters will be on strike in Sussex today.

They are among Fire Brigade Union members (FBU) throughout England and Wales striking to protest against proposed changes to their pensions and retirement age.

Every FBU member in Sussex is expected to participate in the strike, meaning the county will be without 200 firefighters for 24 hours.

Brighton and Hove will be without over a third of its firefighters throughout the strike.

Simon Herbert, chairman of the East Sussex Fire Brigade Union, criticised the MP Brandon Lewis for the way the Government is processing the plans.

Mr Herbert said: “We’re being hit on all fronts at the moment.

“We don’t want to go on strike and the public don’t want us to go on strike but Brandon Lewis has failed to give us a costed offer for our pensions. He wants to plough on with the changes and it’s not acceptable to anyone.”

There will also be a second strike on June 21, starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm.

In the time between the two strikes, firefighters will not be carrying out any voluntary overtime, which is needed to maintain cover.

Non FBU members and officers across the county will be working through the strikes and will be prioritising life threatening incidents.

And both fire services in Sussex are warning people they will have fewer resources on the day.

Gary Walsh, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex, said: “Contingency fire crews will be on duty throughout the period of the strike and will respond to emergency calls according to the level of priority and resources available.”

“We would urge the public to remain vigilant at all times with regards to fire and road safety but particularly during times of industrial action when resources are reduced.”

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “The strike means that we will have fewer resources on the day but we still want people to contact us if there is an emergency.

“We recognise the right of our employees to take industrial action and have made contingency plans.”

In another ballot, FBU members chose to take action short of a strike.

This usually involves making decisions on whether to carry out duties beyond those of which they are contractually obliged to perform.

But the FBU has not announced what action short of a strike they will be taking.

It is not known when the industrial action will end.

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8:19am Thu 12 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

Good luck to the striking fire fighters for upholding hard won terms and conditions and good luck to the Argus employees who have voted for strike action to protect jobs and save the paper.
Good luck to the striking fire fighters for upholding hard won terms and conditions and good luck to the Argus employees who have voted for strike action to protect jobs and save the paper. HJarrs
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2:34pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gary1965 says...

So it's basically about money, not a sense of protecting the public.
So it's basically about money, not a sense of protecting the public. Gary1965
  • Score: -9

4:42pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Its amazing how our council get caught out by the travellers year after year,its well known where they choose to stay but lack of early action results in a situation whereby the problem become too big.
It is interesting to learn that the police are not moving on the travellers,why ???
Its amazing how our council get caught out by the travellers year after year,its well known where they choose to stay but lack of early action results in a situation whereby the problem become too big. It is interesting to learn that the police are not moving on the travellers,why ??? Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 1

5:16pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

Just heard some lovely stories from friends in moulsecoomb the people that we are not allowed to talk about (travellers) have been knocking doors asking if they can clear rubbish or trim hedges then dumping the rubbish in wild park to enable our idiot council to clear it. Thanks argus for cutting of those comments. Cowards.
Just heard some lovely stories from friends in moulsecoomb the people that we are not allowed to talk about (travellers) have been knocking doors asking if they can clear rubbish or trim hedges then dumping the rubbish in wild park to enable our idiot council to clear it. Thanks argus for cutting of those comments. Cowards. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 5

5:32pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

You can't keep blaming the old bill there hands are tied. As I've said on other comments send in the tax man. Funny how you never see them on Richmond Green or Goring or Angmeriing or Windsor the list is endless. The only reason they come here is because our idiot councillor is an easy touch and we (the citizens of Brighton) have to suffer it.
You can't keep blaming the old bill there hands are tied. As I've said on other comments send in the tax man. Funny how you never see them on Richmond Green or Goring or Angmeriing or Windsor the list is endless. The only reason they come here is because our idiot councillor is an easy touch and we (the citizens of Brighton) have to suffer it. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 1

7:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

fredaj says...

If UKIP want MPs they should add an "instant eviction of travellers squatting public spaces" policy to their manifesto.
If UKIP want MPs they should add an "instant eviction of travellers squatting public spaces" policy to their manifesto. fredaj
  • Score: 1

8:52am Fri 13 Jun 14

brightonian57 says...

Worriedofbrighton wrote:
You can't keep blaming the old bill there hands are tied. As I've said on other comments send in the tax man. Funny how you never see them on Richmond Green or Goring or Angmeriing or Windsor the list is endless. The only reason they come here is because our idiot councillor is an easy touch and we (the citizens of Brighton) have to suffer it.
Not just the tax man, the DVLA and a fleet of tow trucks would have a field day. But as you say the Greens are a soft touch, and don't want to upset them. The travellers need to be harassed so much by all the different agencies, that realise Brighton and Hove just aren’t worth the hassle. But will the council do something? Of course they won’t
[quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: You can't keep blaming the old bill there hands are tied. As I've said on other comments send in the tax man. Funny how you never see them on Richmond Green or Goring or Angmeriing or Windsor the list is endless. The only reason they come here is because our idiot councillor is an easy touch and we (the citizens of Brighton) have to suffer it.[/p][/quote]Not just the tax man, the DVLA and a fleet of tow trucks would have a field day. But as you say the Greens are a soft touch, and don't want to upset them. The travellers need to be harassed so much by all the different agencies, that realise Brighton and Hove just aren’t worth the hassle. But will the council do something? Of course they won’t brightonian57
  • Score: 1

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