Members of the Fire Brigade Union will strike today from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm until

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Firefighters have started their second day of strike action in response to an ongoing row with the government over pensions. 

Members of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) began eight consecutive days of strike action on Monday and will be out of action today from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm. 

Matt Wrack general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, said: “Despite arguing the government cannot afford to improve their offer, the minister (Brandon Lewis) seems more than happy to receive a pension that is far better than firefighters.

"After three years of failure to answer our arguments, the government must now admit the damage their attacks would do to our members’ lives — and the fire and rescue service itself — and work with us to find a negotiated solution."

In a letter written to Mr Wrack on Friday, Mr Lewis told the general secretary he would be happy to reconvene discussions if the strike was called off and reinstated the government's pensions offer made in June. 

During yesterday evening's strike action, Essex Fire Service attended seven incidents including car fires, a grass fire and two false alarms. 

 

 

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8:01am Tue 15 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Not nice of them. The have second jobs, look how many Black Taxis are parked outside the fire stations for instance. What other job have beds in their place of work where they bed down on night duty?
Not nice of them. The have second jobs, look how many Black Taxis are parked outside the fire stations for instance. What other job have beds in their place of work where they bed down on night duty? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

9:47am Tue 15 Jul 14

Stephen Murray says...

Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy.

Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker.

Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims).

Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray
Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy. Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker. Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims). Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray Stephen Murray
  • Score: 2

10:42am Tue 15 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Stephen Murray wrote:
Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy.

Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker.

Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims).

Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray
Police have had to accept their reforms, why not the FB?
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Murray[/bold] wrote: Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy. Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker. Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims). Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray[/p][/quote]Police have had to accept their reforms, why not the FB? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

10:52am Tue 15 Jul 14

The man who fell to Earth. says...

Hero's at work, zero's on strike.
Hero's at work, zero's on strike. The man who fell to Earth.
  • Score: 3

11:25am Tue 15 Jul 14

DaveInTheForest says...

Stephen Murray wrote:
Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy.

Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker.

Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims).

Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray
"savage deterioration"? Of what? Has any public sector pay been cut? Or gold-plated pensions? So what if other people get large pay rises? Or is this the usual socialist jealousy that seems to drive so much of our politics?
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Murray[/bold] wrote: Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy. Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker. Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims). Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray[/p][/quote]"savage deterioration"? Of what? Has any public sector pay been cut? Or gold-plated pensions? So what if other people get large pay rises? Or is this the usual socialist jealousy that seems to drive so much of our politics? DaveInTheForest
  • Score: 0

12:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

The man who fell to Earth. says...

DaveInTheForest wrote:
Stephen Murray wrote:
Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy.

Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker.

Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims).

Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray
"savage deterioration"? Of what? Has any public sector pay been cut? Or gold-plated pensions? So what if other people get large pay rises? Or is this the usual socialist jealousy that seems to drive so much of our politics?
Spot on Dave, the politics of envy.
[quote][p][bold]DaveInTheForest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stephen Murray[/bold] wrote: Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy. Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker. Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims). Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray[/p][/quote]"savage deterioration"? Of what? Has any public sector pay been cut? Or gold-plated pensions? So what if other people get large pay rises? Or is this the usual socialist jealousy that seems to drive so much of our politics?[/p][/quote]Spot on Dave, the politics of envy. The man who fell to Earth.
  • Score: -3

12:41pm Tue 15 Jul 14

stickmanny says...

The only politics we get in this country is the politics of greed.
The only politics we get in this country is the politics of greed. stickmanny
  • Score: -3

1:17pm Tue 15 Jul 14

DaveInTheForest says...

Stephen Murray wrote:
Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy.

Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker.

Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims).

Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray
I don't get free drinks in the 195, but you don't hear me complain.
[quote][p][bold]Stephen Murray[/bold] wrote: Strongly disagree - the fireman just like other public sector workers are merely trying to protect existing pay and conditions from a savage deterioration brought about by deliberate Government policy. Only yesterday it was revealed that the top 100 bosses in the UK enjoyed a 15% pay increase last year and that the top business executives now get 162 times the pay of an average worker. Are we really all in this together ? (as the current Government claims). Independent Roding Ward District Councillor Stephen Murray[/p][/quote]I don't get free drinks in the 195, but you don't hear me complain. DaveInTheForest
  • Score: -4

3:19pm Tue 15 Jul 14

T. Watts says...

@DaveInTheForest

Hi Cornbeefur! Wha' cha' doin'?

Go on do it, do it, do it! No? Ok then, I will:

Tool.
@DaveInTheForest Hi Cornbeefur! Wha' cha' doin'? Go on do it, do it, do it! No? Ok then, I will: Tool. T. Watts
  • Score: 1

3:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

stickmanny says...

I couldn't have put it better myself
I couldn't have put it better myself stickmanny
  • Score: -1

6:09am Wed 16 Jul 14

tjm01 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Not nice of them. The have second jobs, look how many Black Taxis are parked outside the fire stations for instance. What other job have beds in their place of work where they bed down on night duty?
What a total PLANK
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Not nice of them. The have second jobs, look how many Black Taxis are parked outside the fire stations for instance. What other job have beds in their place of work where they bed down on night duty?[/p][/quote]What a total PLANK tjm01
  • Score: -1

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