Firefighters to strike on Friday and Saturday

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FIREFIGHTERS in Sandwell and Dudley boroughs are striking on Friday and Saturday in their protracted battle to save their pensions.

The walk out will take place between 6pm and 10pm each day and West Midlands Fire Service are urging residents to stay safe during the strike.

Area manager Paul Burnham said: “Friday and Saturday nights are among our busiest times of the week.

"Thousands of people will be out and about getting into the festive spirit, whether they’re partying or late night shopping."

He added: " And even if people are staying in, watching TV or putting up the Christmas decorations, we’re urging them to stay as safe as possible.

“Public safety is central to our contingency plans, and 999 calls will still be answered as normal.

"We will be prioritising incidents involving a threat to life, followed by those involving property and then lower-risk call-outs. However, we will have fewer fire engines available on both Friday and Saturday night, so it could take us longer than usual to attend incidents.”

WMFS staff who are not striking will help to provide a level of emergency response, but the brigade is asking the pubic to do all they can to stay safe and avoid needing to call for help in the first place.

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10:18am Wed 11 Dec 13

ukip-halesowen says...

We all need to support our fire fighters in this decision its not been an easy one by them. They pay over £300 per month in to their pension this week increase to close on £400 due to government changes in public sector changes. Also they will be made to work until 60+ which is not safe for them or the public they protect. Government report independently done paid for by tax payer is being ignored, so why take it out and waste our money, it says about most fire fighters will not be able to carry out their roles until these agesand their life span is shorter than most. So let's protect our fire fighters go and show them your support
We all need to support our fire fighters in this decision its not been an easy one by them. They pay over £300 per month in to their pension this week increase to close on £400 due to government changes in public sector changes. Also they will be made to work until 60+ which is not safe for them or the public they protect. Government report independently done paid for by tax payer is being ignored, so why take it out and waste our money, it says about most fire fighters will not be able to carry out their roles until these agesand their life span is shorter than most. So let's protect our fire fighters go and show them your support ukip-halesowen
  • Score: -1

12:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Cllr Ray Burston says...

"(UKIP will) bring generous unfunded public sector final salary pensions back into line with typical private pension provision. Calculations show a fund of around £1,000bn is required to cover the future liabilities of public sector schemes. This is simply unsustainable. UKIP will freeze public sector pensions, reflecting today’s challenging economic conditions".

Source: http://www.ukipbasin
gstoke.co.uk/ukip-po
licies/ukip-pensions
-policy/

So ukip-halesowen's comment is a classic example of the party saying one thing to working class voters on the doorsteps of a constituency in the industrial Midlands; even whilst saying something completely different to the middle class voters in a leafy southern constituency who face having to cough up the extra taxes needed to fund for these "unsustainable" public sector pensions.
"(UKIP will) bring generous unfunded public sector final salary pensions back into line with typical private pension provision. Calculations show a fund of around £1,000bn is required to cover the future liabilities of public sector schemes. This is simply unsustainable. UKIP will freeze public sector pensions, reflecting today’s challenging economic conditions". Source: http://www.ukipbasin gstoke.co.uk/ukip-po licies/ukip-pensions -policy/ So ukip-halesowen's comment is a classic example of the party saying one thing to working class voters on the doorsteps of a constituency in the industrial Midlands; even whilst saying something completely different to the middle class voters in a leafy southern constituency who face having to cough up the extra taxes needed to fund for these "unsustainable" public sector pensions. Cllr Ray Burston
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Sam Vimes says...

Firefighters must be on cracking wages if "close on £400" is 14.2% of their monthly income. That or the figure is unrepresentative. Or the Fire Service is top heavy with watch managers.

In reality 14.2% is a high contribution and working till 60 (not 60+) is unrealistic for such a physical job. Such are the challenges of funding generous final salary schemes that can't cope any more.

Interesting that MP's hid behind the objection to their salary increase in order to actually object to having to contribute more to their own final salary scheme isn't it?
Firefighters must be on cracking wages if "close on £400" is 14.2% of their monthly income. That or the figure is unrepresentative. Or the Fire Service is top heavy with watch managers. In reality 14.2% is a high contribution and working till 60 (not 60+) is unrealistic for such a physical job. Such are the challenges of funding generous final salary schemes that can't cope any more. Interesting that MP's hid behind the objection to their salary increase in order to actually object to having to contribute more to their own final salary scheme isn't it? Sam Vimes
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2:42pm Wed 11 Dec 13

satchman says...

Well said Sam Vines..Personally I think you Councillors Ray Burston are the unsustainable ones nowadays. Milking the system for large wage rises/expenses for doing nowt!! 11% increases for MP's, who are unqualified idiots. I support the firefighters and good luck to them.
Well said Sam Vines..Personally I think you Councillors Ray Burston are the unsustainable ones nowadays. Milking the system for large wage rises/expenses for doing nowt!! 11% increases for MP's, who are unqualified idiots. I support the firefighters and good luck to them. satchman
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6:11pm Wed 11 Dec 13

dudley old boy says...

Check the thumbs, looks like someones thumbed himself up and thumbed all the others down.lol
Check the thumbs, looks like someones thumbed himself up and thumbed all the others down.lol dudley old boy
  • Score: 0

6:26pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Sam Vimes says...

dudley old boy wrote:
Check the thumbs, looks like someones thumbed himself up and thumbed all the others down.lol
Are you suggesting the culprit has opposable thumbs?
[quote][p][bold]dudley old boy[/bold] wrote: Check the thumbs, looks like someones thumbed himself up and thumbed all the others down.lol[/p][/quote]Are you suggesting the culprit has opposable thumbs? Sam Vimes
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7:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

satchman says...

Well if its Mr Burston i'd say thats the kettle calling the pot black, if indeed it is the real one himself. Lol!
Well if its Mr Burston i'd say thats the kettle calling the pot black, if indeed it is the real one himself. Lol! satchman
  • Score: 2

8:00pm Wed 11 Dec 13

dudley old boy says...

Ray, I'm curious if you include MP's and Councillors in "unsustainable" public sector pensions.
Ray, I'm curious if you include MP's and Councillors in "unsustainable" public sector pensions. dudley old boy
  • Score: 2

11:45am Thu 12 Dec 13

satchman says...

Dudley old Boy..How can you say such a thing? Of course our MP's and Councillors wouldn't expect such things as 11% wages rises,nice expenses and topped up pensions while we all get little or nothing. Tut TuT LOL!!
Dudley old Boy..How can you say such a thing? Of course our MP's and Councillors wouldn't expect such things as 11% wages rises,nice expenses and topped up pensions while we all get little or nothing. Tut TuT LOL!! satchman
  • Score: 1

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