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  • "Presumably Bcfc1186 would have everyone take part in a 'race for the bottom' where all workers T&C's are devolved to the lowest common denominator - at which point the Government has got what it wants; a social underclass that they can manipulate and continue to tread on whilst looking after their business and poilitical allies. The comment made suggests he/she knows little about the dispute, the reasons behind it or the landscape in which it has been caused. The ripping up of existing pension arrangements and their replacement with those that only benefit one side financially (the Government) but have implications for public safety courtesy of a change in normal pension age are not conducive to an effective emergency service. 'Work longer (into an age where operational response is compromised), pay more (they're already paying one of the highest pension premiums @ 12.2% of pensionable income) and get less on retirement (with massive penalties for going arly under any circumstance)' coupled with huge cuts in central/local funding are likely to result in one thing; a higher risk to the communities served!
    When Benefit fraud costs the UK over £1 Billion per annum and tax avoidance £5 Billion plus, it would be far more sensible for the Government to tackle these first before making swathes of cuts that fundamentally affect public safety and the lives during service and post-retirement of those individuals willing and capable of risking their own lives for the safety and security of others.
    I note today that a report criticises the move away from a fully funded and appropritely staffed full time armed forces in favour of a larger 'reservist' contingent. 70 years on from D Day, would the respondent feel that this is appropriate due to the 'global financial crisis'? I imagine not if we find ourselves under military or other threat requiring a military response - therefore why should the Fire and Rescue service be any different? When you require an emergency response you want to know it is there, immediately, appropriately funded (in all aspects) and populated with well trained, motivated and young/fit enough to rescue you, your family, your belongings, your livelihood etc etc.
    We are NOT 'all in it together', that is a political myth; unfortunately there are those that would prefer to swallow the political spin rather than do their own homework."
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Firefighters due to strike tomorrow

Firefighters due to strike tomorrow

First published in News Evesham Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

MEMBERS of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are due to take part in strike action on two separate occasions this month, with the first set to begin tomorrow.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the first part of industrial action was to take place between 9am tomorrow and 9am Friday.

The second part of the strike will take place between 10am and 5pm on Saturday, June 21.

A dispute relating to proposed changed to firefighters' pensions between the FBU and central government has led to the action.

Area Commander Keith Chance, head of operations support for the service, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls but we will be asking members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.

“This is the first 24-hour strike being taken by the FBU during this dispute and we appreciate that members of the public may be concerned by this. However, I would like to reassure them that we will have plans in place to cover this strike period.”

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “This is obviously a serious situation, both for the service and for all individuals concerned, and the service hopes that there will be continued dialogue between the union and government over the coming days to prevent strike action taking place.

“If strike action takes place on these dates it will result in a significant reduction of the service’s available resources.

“This reduced fire cover is likely to provide a basic service and will aim to prioritise the most urgent calls ahead of other responses.

“This plan was invoked during periods of industrial action last year and earlier this year.”

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