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Fire: FBU responds to new Westminster fire minister’s letter

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

In a circular to members Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, has  paid tribute to all members who took part in the recent action over eight consecutive days, as well as updating members on discussions with the new Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt.

In a letter to the union the fire minister has confirmed that firefighters will be exempt from proposals to increase the minimum age at which a person can access their pension from 55 to 57, in recognition of the unique nature of the job firefighters do.

Wrack said: “The decision to exempt firefighters from such provision is very welcome.

“It was this issue which caused considerable difficulty during our negotiations with DCLG on and after March 19.

“Since the threat (of increasing the minimum pension age to 57) has been removed, it is to be hoped that DCLG enter a new period of genuine dialogue and make revised proposals for our members to consider.”

Matt Wrack has also written to Scottish fire minister Roseanna Cunningham...

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Fire: Eight days of discontinuous strike action by the Fire Brigades Union ends

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
An eight day period of discontinuous industrial action between Monday 14 July and Monday 21 July by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members concluded tonight at 19:00 hours this evening. This industrial action is part of the on-going national dispute between the FBU and central Government over pensions. During the periods of industrial action Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue received 80 calls (including 25 duplicate calls) and crews attended 49 incidents. Incidents attended included:• twelve fires (including rubbish, a field and buildings) • six rescues • one flood • one road traffic collision • 27 false alarms The number incidents during the strike periods reflected the average level for this time of year. Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am grateful to the public once again for their continued support in taking on board the safety messages we have been promoting. "In the event of...

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Fire: Industrial action update Monday 21 July 17:00 19:00 hours

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
The Service received four (including one duplicate call) and attended one incident involving a field fire during this evening's industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). This has concluded eight days of discontinuous strike action by FBU members which took place between Monday 14 July and Monday 21 July. For more information on how to stay safe from fire visit www.twfire.gov.uk (include a link in the links box to the strike info pages)


Fire: Eight days of discontinuous strike action by the Fire Brigades Union ends

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
An eight day period of discontinuous industrial action between Monday 14 July and Monday 21 July by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members concluded tonight at 19:00 hours this evening. This industrial action is part of the on-going national dispute between the FBU and central Government over pensions. During the periods of industrial action Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue received 80 calls (including 25 duplicate calls) and crews attended 49 incidents. Incidents attended included:• twelve fires (including rubbish, a field and buildings) • six rescues • one flood • one road traffic collision • 27 false alarms The number incidents during the strike periods reflected the average level for this time of year. Chief Fire Officer Tom Capeling, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am grateful to the public once again for their continued support in taking on board the safety messages we have been promoting. "In the event of...

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Fire: Eight day strike ends but industrial action continues

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters in England and Wales will today come to the end of eight consecutive days of strike action over pensions, however other forms of industrial action will continue from this evening with no planned end date.

From 7pm tonight until further notice firefighters will not work voluntary overtime, non-contractual overtime or any additional voluntary hours.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Firefighters have solidly observed the strike action over the past eight days; this has not been easy for them or their families, but all firefighters are aware what is at risk here.

“Firefighters cannot accept a deal which rips up the pension promises they were given and creates an unaffordable and unworkable pension which takes no account of the real work firefighters do and the fitness requirements which go with it.

“The campaign will continue until government ministers offer an alternative, affordable and workable pension scheme.”

The union’s executive council meets later this week and...

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Fire: Industrial action update Monday 21 July 06:00 08:00 hours

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
During this morning's latest two-hour period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, the Service received three calls and attended two incidents. They were: To rescue a person stuck in a lift in Sunderland A false alarm in Sunderland The Service received two calls about the false alarm. The final two-hour period of this stage of industrial action is tonight (Monday 21 July) between 17:00 and 19:00 hours. It is part of eight days of discontinuous strike action which began on Monday 14 July. For more information on how to stay safe from fire visit www.twfire.gov.uk.


Fire: Industrial action update Sunday 20 July 17:00 19:00 hours

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
During this evening's two-hour period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, the Service received four calls and attended four incidents. These included: • A false alarm in Percy Main, North Tyneside • A false alarm at Station Road, Camperdown • Trees and rubbish on fire on Northern Way, Sunderland Enterprise Park • A person who had collapsed at The Bridges, Sunderland Crews on normal day time duty prior to the beginning of the industrial action at 17:00 remained at a number of incidents to ensure the safety of the public, including a serious road traffic collision at Stargate in Gateshead. The next period of industrial action begins tomorrow morning (Monday 21 July) from 06:00 hours until 08:00 hours. It is part of eight days of discontinuous strike action which began on Monday 14 July. For more information on how to stay safe from fire visit www.twfire.gov.uk.


Fire: Rescatamos Personas, No Bancos: We rescue people, not banks: Inspiration from firefighters in Spain

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union

 

Rescatamos Personas, No Bancos

Rescatem persones, no bancs

We rescue people, not banks

Inspiration from firefighters in Spain

Over the past few weeksFBU members across the country have been photographed wearing the new t-shirt: We Rescue People, Not Banks. The origin of this slogan tells us a lot about our profession and the challenges we face. The t-shirt was seen nationally when Russell Brand wore one at the recent Peoples’ Assembly demonstration against austerity. It has been worn on pickets and demonstrations across the country. It is becoming very popular and we are struggling to keep up with demand.

Origins in Spain

Spain, like most of Europe, has suffered the consequences of the long economic crisis in the aftermath of the banking collapses of 2007/8. Like many others, the Spanish government reacted by forcing through cuts and austerity measures. Unemployment and poverty have increased dramatically.

One consequence of this has been...

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Fire: Industrial action update Saturday 19 July 11:00 01:00 on Sunday 21 July

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
During the latest two-hour period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, the Service received six calls and attended six incidents. The incidents attended were: A bin on fire in Pallion, Sunderland Five false alarms; two in Newcastle, two in Gateshead and one in Sunderland The next period of industrial action is on Sunday 20 July between 17:00 and 19:00 hours. It is part of eight days of discontinuous strike which began on Monday 14 July. For more information on how to stay safe from fire visit www.twfire.gov.uk.


Fire: Industrial action update Friday 18 July from 23:00 Saturday 19 July 01:00 hours

Written by RSS Poster Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue
During this evening's two-hour period of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union, the Service received 14 calls (this included six duplicate calls to one incident and four duplicate calls to another incident). The four incidents attended included: · A rubbish fire at Tatham Street, Sunderland · A tree which was set on fire at South Terrace/Mill Road, Chopwell · A discarded settee set on fire at Dove Close, Killingworth · False Alarm at Grasmere Avenue/Easington Lane, Houghton The next period of industrial action begins tomorrow morning (Saturday 19 July) from 11:00 hours until 13:00 hours. It is part of eight days of discontinuous strike action which began on Monday 14 July.



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