New Year's fire strike passes without problems

Wiltshire Times: New Year's fire strike passes without problems New Year's fire strike passes without problems

Firefighters' strikes on New Year’s Eve passed without any major incidents.

In Westbury and Bradford on Avon there were two false alarms while a crew went out to an incident in Cricklade.

The industrial action, which took place between 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve and 12.30am on New Year’s Day, was part of the ongoing national dispute between the Fire Brigades’ Union and the Government over pension reforms.

Crews at 10 of Wiltshire’s 24 fire stations were unavailable to respond to incidents during the strike. As part of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service’s contingency plan cover was available throughout Wiltshire, if required.

Another strike is planned to take place between 6.30am and 8.30am tomorrow.

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11:40am Thu 2 Jan 14

Blanche Terraine says...

The firefighters' strikes are half-hearted. They are designed to make a protest whilst preserving most of take-home pay, but they fail because the Government ignore them and the public calculate that for the short duration of each strike, the chances of them suffering a fire are negligible. Thus the public put no pressure on the politicians to resolve the issue. The only way the firefighters can win this dispute is to go on a national all-out strike of undetermined length. If they are not prepared to do this, they will not win.
The firefighters' strikes are half-hearted. They are designed to make a protest whilst preserving most of take-home pay, but they fail because the Government ignore them and the public calculate that for the short duration of each strike, the chances of them suffering a fire are negligible. Thus the public put no pressure on the politicians to resolve the issue. The only way the firefighters can win this dispute is to go on a national all-out strike of undetermined length. If they are not prepared to do this, they will not win. Blanche Terraine

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