Saturday, November 02, 2013

We Save Lives not Banks! Firefighters on strike

Firefighters at local stations joined the national strike last night. Firefighters across England and Wales walked out on strike between 6.30pm and 11.00pm in the dispute about pensions. As with other groups of workers it's a case of people being expected to work longer for less - in this case to work until 60 rather than 55 or face pension cuts. Many firefighters may not be fit to do their job until they are 60, and under the scheme currently being pushed by employers those judged as unfit before the age of 60 could lose their job and therefore lose their full pension.

The banner on the picket line outside New Cross Fire Station read: 'We save lives not banks! Lewisham A&E saved, New Cross Fire Station Saved, People Power not Corporate Power, Support us and Make a Difference!'. A further strike has been called for next Monday morning from 6 am to 8 am.

Peckham Fire Station pickets last night

Southwark Fire Station on Strike

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