Why firefighters are stepping up to strike again – Guardian

[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

[Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian.]

Government plans to make us work until we’re 60 or lose pension entitlements puts everyone at risk. We deserve better and so do you, writes Jamie Newell in The Guardian.

I have lobbied, campaigned and crawled on my hands and knees to raise awareness of the risk the government’s pension proposals will have on the public. These proposals would see firefighters serve on the frontline until they are 60 instead of 55, as they do now.

We need to sound the alarm at the prospect of 60-year-olds arriving on the scene of emergency situations. It’s not just fires: we’re also talking about flooding, road traffic collisions and acts of terrorism.

The government’s own evidence highlights that a significant number of firefighters will be unfit to deal with these emergencies, due to natural ageing from the age of 55, where if we cannot pass the mandatory firefighter fitness test we face dismissal, or a significantly reduced pension.

All this, simply for getting older.

There is a lot more, all pointing to the claim that “firefighters have no choice but to strike”. It’s in the Guardian article so please give it a visit.

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6 thoughts on “Why firefighters are stepping up to strike again – Guardian

  1. Thomas

    Knowing this government, they’ll take the right away to strike from the firefighters after someone gets hurt or killed because of a firefighter’s strike.

  2. NeilMac

    As long as they can deliver tax cuts to the already very wealthy, the Nasty Party couldn’t care less about the rest of us, in fact we are a nuisance to them.

  3. wildswimmerpete

    That scummy Tory party have already made our troops redundant just before they became eligible for their pensions, to save the money to give to their corporate chums. They think they’ll get away with the same trick with our firefighters. Predictable course because the Eton Boys have very little intelligence and think we are equally as thick they are.

  4. Stephen Tamblin

    I suport fire fighting brave men who save life’s everyday the Torys don’t do anything to help important services .All thay do is sit down and slagging each other off I suport the strike and hope the firemen win it’s about time somebody wins against asterisk the gaul

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