Strikes over pay and pensions disputes

Public sectors workers strike last month.  Picture: Liz Finlayson

Public sectors workers strike last month. Picture: Liz Finlayson

First published in News

UNIONS are holding more strikes over long-running pay and pension disputes.

Members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) and three unions representing 1.3million local government workers will strike after demands for changes to pension plans and pay increases have not been met.

The FBU has held a series of strikes over the past year in protest against changes to firefighters’ pension plans, which will see firefighters working up until the age of 60.

Firefighters that opt for an early retirement face having their pensions cut.

Jim Parrott, executive member of the South East FBU and Brighton resident, said: “I can see strikes continuing until the government agrees to change our pension plans, we’re still hoping we can see a change in their attitude but we haven’t and that’s why we’re striking.”

The firefighter strikes will take place from August 9 until August 16 from 12pm until 2pm and 11pm until 12pm each day.

Unions representing 1.3million local government workers have also agreed to run a coordinated strike on October 14, just a few days before the Trades Union Congress (TUC) national demonstration on October 18.

Unison, Unite and GMB have coordinated this strike due to the three year pay freeze for local government workers, who have been offered a 1% pay increase.

Diana Leach, Unison Branch Officer in Brighton, said: “I know the strike will be much bigger than the last strike on July 10.”

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8:07am Mon 4 Aug 14

Anna Phylactic says...

Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55.

Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.
Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55. Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money. Anna Phylactic
  • Score: -83

10:06am Mon 4 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

Anna Phylactic wrote:
Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55.

Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.
You are a pr@t with some other things, but I'm inclined to agree with you on this one.
[quote][p][bold]Anna Phylactic[/bold] wrote: Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55. Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.[/p][/quote]You are a pr@t with some other things, but I'm inclined to agree with you on this one. theargusissoinformative
  • Score: -119

10:31am Mon 4 Aug 14

Andy R says...

theargusissoinformat
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wrote:
Anna Phylactic wrote:
Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55.

Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.
You are a pr@t with some other things, but I'm inclined to agree with you on this one.
No no....just as much of a prat on this.......
[quote][p][bold]theargusissoinformat ive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Anna Phylactic[/bold] wrote: Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55. Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.[/p][/quote]You are a pr@t with some other things, but I'm inclined to agree with you on this one.[/p][/quote]No no....just as much of a prat on this....... Andy R
  • Score: 57

11:39am Mon 4 Aug 14

Sheeples says...

Anna Phylactic wrote:
Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55.

Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.
But there's enough money for the financial system, corporate subsidies and massive Tax avoidance.

Austerity hasn't worked, the current puppets have borrowed more in the last 4 years than the other puppets borrowed in the previous 13.

Indeed under austerity world debt has increased to 275% of GDP.
[quote][p][bold]Anna Phylactic[/bold] wrote: Waaaaah we're going to have to work instead of living out of the public purse from 55. Get a grip on reality. There's not enough money.[/p][/quote]But there's enough money for the financial system, corporate subsidies and massive Tax avoidance. Austerity hasn't worked, the current puppets have borrowed more in the last 4 years than the other puppets borrowed in the previous 13. Indeed under austerity world debt has increased to 275% of GDP. Sheeples
  • Score: 18

2:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

So you have financial policies that are global in outlook? Not all the world's nerds in the same room can even manage this. I wish you well, because you are obviously a bigger man than me.
So you have financial policies that are global in outlook? Not all the world's nerds in the same room can even manage this. I wish you well, because you are obviously a bigger man than me. theargusissoinformative
  • Score: -10

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