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  • "All other public services have already or are in the process of accepting pay freezes, increased pension contributions or any number of downgrade to working conditions, why should this group of public servants be any different?

    I am not underestimating the importance of these brave people however they are still in a profession that I would say is classed as manual labour. If they had wanted a huge salary and good pension then they should have become bankers or doctors.

    Again, I have huge respect for this profession, however, the police, the military and nursing have all faced similar cuts and have had to get on with it, firefighters are no different. If you want better conditions get a better job like everyone else.

    Services such as these should not be allowed to strike, plain and simple....the last time they did it was our soldiers who picked up the slack, soldiers who are on a pittance compared to firemen!"
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Firefighters set to strike for 8 days

Free Press Series: Firefighters set to strike for 8 days Firefighters set to strike for 8 days

FIREFIGHTERS in England and Wales will strike on eight consecutive days this month it was revealed today.

The strikes will take place on the following dates:

Monday 14 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Tuesday 15 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Wednesday 16 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Thursday 17 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Friday 18 July: 6am–8am and 11am–1pm on
Saturday 19 July: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1pm on
Sunday 20 July Sunday 20 July: 7pm–9pm
Monday 21 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm

The Fire Brigades Union say they have been in negotiations with the government for three years in an attempt to avoid the implementation of proposals that they say would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The government must realise that firefighters cannot accept proposals that would have such devastating consequences for their futures, their families’ futures — and the future of the fire and rescue service itself.

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