South Essex fire crews joined Christmas Eve strike

Southend Standard: South Essex fire crews joined Christmas Eve strike South Essex fire crews joined Christmas Eve strike

PICKET lines formed at south Essex fire stations, including Basildon, on Tuesday evening as part of a national strike.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union were taking industrial action across the country as part of an ongoing dispute over changes to their pensions.

During the five hour strike, which took place from 7pm-midnight, working crews were called to three incidents in south Essex.

At 7.45pm they were called to a reported electrical fire in South Road, South Ockenden, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

At 8.50pm a fire broke out in a terraced house in Whytewaters, Basildon, but it as out before crews arrived.

Around 10pm they were called to help a person stuck in a lift in Coleman Street, Southend.

Basildon strikers set up a grotto and had a Father Christmas at the picket line.

Union boss Matt Wrack said on Twitter after the strike ended: “FBU members. Incredibly proud of all of you. Whilst on strike and for the work you do every day. An incredible team. #WeStandTogether.”

The next national strike is scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve – the timing of which Essex's chief fire officer David Johnson has called “disappointing” accusing strikers of being able to claim double time for working on New Year's Day while increasing costs for the brigade the night before.

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7:02pm Wed 25 Dec 13

emcee says...

Quote: "The next national strike is scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve – the timing of which Essex's chief fire officer David Johnson has called “disappointing” accusing strikers of being able to claim double time for working on New Year's Day while increasing costs for the brigade the night before."
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Absolutely. I always thought a strike is meant to be timed to cause the most inconvenience to employers and/or the public. However, it seems, this strike has been timed to cause the least inconvenience to the strikers' pay packets. Still, that's the modern day union for you.
Quote: "The next national strike is scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve – the timing of which Essex's chief fire officer David Johnson has called “disappointing” accusing strikers of being able to claim double time for working on New Year's Day while increasing costs for the brigade the night before." - Absolutely. I always thought a strike is meant to be timed to cause the most inconvenience to employers and/or the public. However, it seems, this strike has been timed to cause the least inconvenience to the strikers' pay packets. Still, that's the modern day union for you. emcee

8:05pm Wed 25 Dec 13

raggs says...

good news. without unity we are powerless. now so, more than at any time in recent history. (democracy is dying at a rapid rate)
if a banker can be paid thousands of quid for a single days swindling then how much is a lifesaver entitled to be paid?

also, in this wonderful world of "user pays" is it time to get the insurance industry to chip in a percentage of the value of every property that the Fire Service save? That way the Fire Service could share this money between the staff...thereby easing the cost to the tax payer. Just a thought.
good news. without unity we are powerless. now so, more than at any time in recent history. (democracy is dying at a rapid rate) if a banker can be paid thousands of quid for a single days swindling then how much is a lifesaver entitled to be paid? also, in this wonderful world of "user pays" is it time to get the insurance industry to chip in a percentage of the value of every property that the Fire Service save? That way the Fire Service could share this money between the staff...thereby easing the cost to the tax payer. Just a thought. raggs

2:01pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Thomo100 says...

Well done boys, great achievement.
Well done boys, great achievement. Thomo100

6:51pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

SCUM
SCUM Nowthatsworthknowing

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