Monday, 23 September 2013

Firefighters to Strike on 25/9/2013

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 fire fighters.

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 in Westminster’s proposals could mean mass sackings as thousands of fire fighters become older and are no longer fit enough to do the job. Fire fighters, 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 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 fire fighter safety. We hope common sense prevails, and the government returns to the negotiating table.

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