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  • "I'm no pensions expert, but neither are you by the sound of things so...

    1) It is not a race to the bottom. Remember British Leyland, whose assembly line workers figured they should be paid as much as the boss? That worked out well eh?

    2) They pay a lot into their pension so they can retire early. If they didn't retire early, they wouldn't pay so much per month. Seems pretty straightforward to me.

    3) No.2 is a choice they made. Did it come as a surprise? Really??

    4) Stop spreading the BS that they 'risk their lives for others'. The job carries risk, yes, but it's a calculated acceptable risk bound by H&S guidance. Apparently you're more likely to be injured or killed driving a taxi or HGV.

    5) I'm guessing there *could* (and probably should) be some sort of re-deployment policy put in place for those who are unfit at the current retirement age to continue in a forward role.

    5) Benefit fraud *is* being tackled, in a more direct way than the red side managed - albeit not as directly as I'd like, but show me a government with the kahunas to stamp it out immediately? certainly Labour! (same goes for tax avoidance - again, not as swiftly as I'd like)

    6) The Fire Service are NOT the Armed Forces. Not by a LONG chalk!"
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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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