Firefighters prepare to walk out for Christmas Eve strike

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
9:48 AM

Firefighters in Norfolk will strike tonight in the latest chapter of their row over pensions.

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Crews will walk out from 7pm tonight until midnight, and again on New Year’s Eve, between 6.30pm and 12.30am the following morning. A third strike will take place between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the public to be vigilant and take extra care over the festive period.

Fire Brigades Union control room staff have been instructed not to undertake voluntary overtime this evening, and firefighters have been told to refuse voluntary overtime between 7pm on Friday and 7pm on Sunday – both of which may have a limited impact on operations, says the service.

The fire service will continue to operate a 999 response service during the strikes action, but calls will be prioritised as they come in if necessary. The service has also asked that the public assist them by placing extra emphasis on their own safety.

Around half of fire stations will be closed temporarily.

6 comments

  • Norfolk John- The issue isn't about working for the terms and salary offered, it's about arbitrary changes being made to them that is the cause of the Firefighters taking industrial action. Yarco- I'm not sure how being a welder correlates to being a Firefighter or why you feel that by working offshore is relevant? Presumably, 'if' you or they had wanted to become a Firefighter then you or they could have applied and potentially worked in the Fire Brigade instead of having to work at 65 on a rig. Maybe it has something to do the money earned and the time off?

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    Douglas McCoy

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • If they don't want to work for the salary and terms offered - there are plenty of people that will !

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Everything in life changes .... And off shore workers certainly work at lot harder than firemen!

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I know of welders who are going offshore at 65 plus and working 12 hour shifts ,so dont give us all the old sob sob story 55 years is still young and when we do a night shift there is certainly no getting your head down its 12 hours graft ! WOOSES

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    yarco

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • I can fully understand why Firefighters are only striking for a limited number of hours on each occasion that they withdraw their labour as it limits their exposure to bad publicity. However, their tactics are working as it is proving increasing costly and difficult to provide alternative cover for them when they are on strike. As one of the few members of the public who does appreciate their work and agrees completely with the arguments that they are making I support them 100% in their dispute with the government. Let's hope that the government can see common sense and start to negotiate a proper settlement to this situation before too long!

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    Douglas McCoy

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

  • Yes,change is inevitable, but that doesn't mean that change has to be for the worse or that people or workers have to accept it without protest. To accept change which leaves you in a worse position than when you started is wrong on any level and especially so when it comes to your salary and pension. There are many jobs which involve physical toil and which are arduous and which one could claim to be physically harder work than that of a Firefighter. However, comparing one job to another seems to me to be a futile exercise as both jobs are entered into voluntarily and both have risks which are remunerated accordingly. The illustration of an offshore welder seems bizarre as many of them earn, depending on their experience and skills, between £25,000 to £70,000 pa. In addition an offshore worker usually has a rota of 22, meaning that they only work for 26 weeks of the year even allowing for 7 day working and 12 hour shifts. As you yourself pointed out no one makes a welder take a job offshore anymore than a anyone makes a Firefighter do his or her job. The only difference is that the employer, in the case of an offshore worker, is a private company and are usually extremely profitable.

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    Douglas McCoy

    Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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