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SALFORD FIREFIGHTERS SET TO STRIKE THIS WEEK
 

Star date: 22nd September 2013

SALFORD FIREFIGHTERS TO STRIKE ON WEDNESDAY

Salford firefighters are to go on strike on Wednesday 25th September for four hours, between noon and 4pm, to try and ram home to the ConDem Government that no-one wants people fighting fires into their late fifties, and to pay more for their pensions to follow.

"Expecting large numbers of firefighters in their late 50s to fight fires and rescue families is not just ludicrous: it's dangerous to the public and to firefighters" states the Fire Brigade Union.

Full details here…


On Wednesday, between noon and 4pm, picket lines will go up across Salford's fire stations as firefighters go on strike against ConDem Government proposals to make them work longer, and to pay more for their pensions.

"Expecting large numbers of fire fighters in their late 50s to fight fires and rescue families is not just ludicrous: it's dangerous to the public and to firefighters" states the Fire Brigade Union "The Government is simply ignoring all the evidence - even their own – about the physical demands of fire fighting and has been unable to answer our concerns during two years of negotiations.

"The Government's proposals could mean mass sackings as thousands of firefighters become older and are no longer fit enough to do the job" it adds "Firefighters, who already pay some of the highest contributions in the public or private sector, would also be expected to pay an average of 13.2% of their salary and would have one of the worst ratios of contributions between employer and employee. This is not the deal we signed up for.

"None of us want a strike, but we cannot compromise on public and firefighter safety" it concludes "We hope common sense prevails, and the Government returns to the negotiating table."

The firefighters have chosen a good week for their action, with the Conservative Party Conference happening in Manchester at the same time. Let's hope their conference centre doesn't go up in flames during the strike…

Messages of support to Salford and Greater Manchester's fighters should be sent to fbumanchester@gmail.com

Salford Firefighters' Strike
Wednesday 25th September 12noon-4pm

Andy wrote
at 17:12:17 on 23 September 2013
Greedy buggers response is typical of a thatcherite apologist . Your lot have ruined this rotton country. Shut up and grow up . Best wishes to the Firefighters .
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 17:12:11 on 23 September 2013
Well put Mr MeKelvey.
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 09:20:54 on 23 September 2013
Typical Tory answer sack the strikers.Nothing about an unelected government cutting wages pensions increasing hours worked /working people till they drop dead/ I do not think the public know how many risks firemen have too take and to do the job you have to have a pretty good standard of physical presence.My own father was a fireman and he could have told tales that would make your toes curl they not only deal with Fires they remove dead body's out of canals etc cut people out of cars etc So the last thing they need is a Tory nob head spieling utter shit.
 
Greedy buggers wrote
at 03:51:58 on 23 September 2013
SACK them all and bring in the Green Goddesses, job done. They may not have the kit that the regulars do but they have the determination to serve the public, and we must remember that the "fire service" is SUPPOSED to be a public "service", free to all and for the good of all (Unless you happen to have a fire this Wednesday between 12 noon & 4PM). But hey if a few lives are lost on Wednesday then that will be great publicity for the FBU union, but hey someone may have to work a few more years than they had too, but sod those that are now dead!!!!!!!! Militant TWATS.............
 
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