Essex to be hit by firefighter walkouts in May

Braintree and Witham Times: Further fire strikes pencilled in for three days in May Further fire strikes pencilled in for three days in May

Firefighters in Essex will strike for three days in May as part of an ongoing row over pensions.

The Fire Bridges Union (FBU) has announced a series of strikes taking place between May 2 and May 5, nationwide.

The action has been called with the union still at loggerheads with the Government over plans for a later retirement age and changes to pensions.

A series of strikes took place last year but further action has been put on hold while further top-level talks take place – until now.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

The walkouts will take place on May 2 between midday and 5pm, May 3 between 2pm and 2am, and May 4, between 10am and 3pm.

The union argues that firefighters in their late 50s face being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by half because of changes in the retirement age.

The union has revealed that there is a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May.

The union has been locked in talks with the Government for three years, but agreed to hold off strikes while further discussions took place.

However, the union claims that discussions have been unproductive and have called an extra round of strikes – the first in Essex since January 3.

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6:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

Kim Gandy what are your thoughts and opinions on this one? You clearly have a hatred for arsonists.
Kim Gandy what are your thoughts and opinions on this one? You clearly have a hatred for arsonists. Adrenaline_Junkie
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7:03pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

The Sun's out and time to strike again!
Funny how's it's always the same faces, Firemen Teachers and Tube drivers
The Sun's out and time to strike again! Funny how's it's always the same faces, Firemen Teachers and Tube drivers Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 10

11:15am Fri 25 Apr 14

pidgee says...

I dont argue that they do a good job and that it is dangerous but why should they be rewarded for doing a job they are employed to do such as the floods. did it come as a surprise that they were called upon to do the job they are paid for?
we are all going to suffer the pension issues at some point but as someone said before if i went on strike i wouldnt be let back in. The services do a great job but if you dont like/accept conditions, pay, benefits then find another business that offers you it?
I dont argue that they do a good job and that it is dangerous but why should they be rewarded for doing a job they are employed to do such as the floods. did it come as a surprise that they were called upon to do the job they are paid for? we are all going to suffer the pension issues at some point but as someone said before if i went on strike i wouldnt be let back in. The services do a great job but if you dont like/accept conditions, pay, benefits then find another business that offers you it? pidgee
  • Score: 7

9:42am Fri 23 May 14

richarddonnely says...

Toilet racist mouth gypojoe on the news shopper was smarting that right wing political partys were toast but when he realised in the last 6 months that the electorate were fed up with the main 3 this piece of dirt launched into a smear campaign against right wingers wanting these partys banned from operating in the Uk!

Not only have the electorate ignored "advice" from racist username toilet mouth gypojoe but more importantly they have gone out and voted for them! heh heh i know how funny that is! they have stuck up 2 fingers to gypojoe the filthy racist toilet mouth poster on the news shopper and stuffed his head down the toilet where his views belong!

A virtual knock out blow to gypojoe the extremist filthy mouth! Lol
Toilet racist mouth gypojoe on the news shopper was smarting that right wing political partys were toast but when he realised in the last 6 months that the electorate were fed up with the main 3 this piece of dirt launched into a smear campaign against right wingers wanting these partys banned from operating in the Uk! Not only have the electorate ignored "advice" from racist username toilet mouth gypojoe but more importantly they have gone out and voted for them! heh heh i know how funny that is! they have stuck up 2 fingers to gypojoe the filthy racist toilet mouth poster on the news shopper and stuffed his head down the toilet where his views belong! A virtual knock out blow to gypojoe the extremist filthy mouth! Lol richarddonnely
  • Score: 2

9:55am Fri 23 May 14

BobDunn says...

richarddonnely wrote:
Toilet racist mouth gypojoe on the news shopper was smarting that right wing political partys were toast but when he realised in the last 6 months that the electorate were fed up with the main 3 this piece of dirt launched into a smear campaign against right wingers wanting these partys banned from operating in the Uk! Not only have the electorate ignored "advice" from racist username toilet mouth gypojoe but more importantly they have gone out and voted for them! heh heh i know how funny that is! they have stuck up 2 fingers to gypojoe the filthy racist toilet mouth poster on the news shopper and stuffed his head down the toilet where his views belong! A virtual knock out blow to gypojoe the extremist filthy mouth! Lol
Wait until he sees the results up an down the country bro he'll be lying awake at night in his smelly bed wondering where it all went wrong.....

He is the idiot that only wants a 3-party state in this country..... any other political party he sees as maybe a threat to the main 3 lot..... he wants them banned and their members locked up.... yer right thats going to happen aint it lol.....

* You do know that Gypo Joe destests Irish travellers and uses the tag Gypo Joe as a way of masking his racism towards travellers and Irish travellers in particular.... hates them and is allowed to post away using racist comments on that free toilet paper he works on..... actually that is illegal to post under that highly offensive and racist user name bro
[quote][p][bold]richarddonnely[/bold] wrote: Toilet racist mouth gypojoe on the news shopper was smarting that right wing political partys were toast but when he realised in the last 6 months that the electorate were fed up with the main 3 this piece of dirt launched into a smear campaign against right wingers wanting these partys banned from operating in the Uk! Not only have the electorate ignored "advice" from racist username toilet mouth gypojoe but more importantly they have gone out and voted for them! heh heh i know how funny that is! they have stuck up 2 fingers to gypojoe the filthy racist toilet mouth poster on the news shopper and stuffed his head down the toilet where his views belong! A virtual knock out blow to gypojoe the extremist filthy mouth! Lol[/p][/quote]Wait until he sees the results up an down the country bro he'll be lying awake at night in his smelly bed wondering where it all went wrong..... He is the idiot that only wants a 3-party state in this country..... any other political party he sees as maybe a threat to the main 3 lot..... he wants them banned and their members locked up.... yer right thats going to happen aint it lol..... * You do know that Gypo Joe destests Irish travellers and uses the tag Gypo Joe as a way of masking his racism towards travellers and Irish travellers in particular.... hates them and is allowed to post away using racist comments on that free toilet paper he works on..... actually that is illegal to post under that highly offensive and racist user name bro BobDunn
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10:30am Fri 23 May 14

la relascoffering says...

...morning all!! you gud, gud, people!! indeed - nicely said you gud people... yoordjeeles's soonee-in munya!! ...poor old 'gypo joe' she's not all there in da head!! l'esk mwilsa a hu ? ...but solk us away from the taddy!! rofl!! pick da bones out of that one 'joe' boi!! yup... that buffoon enjoys posting under that repulsive username - but what would one expect from an extremist ? and someone who defended a school teacher who ran orf with a school-girl to france!! this is what the buffoon said... 'she knew what she was doing' oh really mr. clown face ? not according to the lawsof this country - we have laws to protect the vulnerable - not goofy ideas from someone who spends nearly all day and everyday posting on that 'free' newspaper ( sixty pence where sold though!! rofl!! ) can you ever imagine a 'free' newspaper which i'm informed runs in to ninety pages... but has eighty five odd pages odd adverts - then has the gaul to say 'it's free' but... wait fer it... 'it's sixty pence where sold' i mean come on!! how stoopid can one get ? it has the hall marks of clown boi 'joe' written all over it that bit!! and the clown was crying a few weeks ago - boo hoo it's past 22.00hrs and i'm still working on da shoppa!! boo hoo!! da clown is posting more crud on a friday night while gud decent, honest, people, are out and about or ordering a home delivery service of me bestest ruby murray brought to me door with me feet up watching a re-run of epic fail blogger erastus-piggott-theb
igot tapes 'ron' put on a d.v.d.!! with my gud lady we sit on our expensive sofas - in our one million pands home - with the scoffers laffing at 'erastus' aka 'joe' boi bloopers!! poor old 'gypo joe' getting monstered all over the blooming place!! this is gonna be a full time job fer you boi!! run along will yas!! rof...rof...rofl!! :) now pardon me - i'm busy!! if anyone would like to join me on da 'wail' in say 11.00hrs for a bit of posting - then i'll look forward to your company!! i'll just mail 'carl' ...'tony',,,'lee' ...'grace'...and 'sid' ...rofl!! :)
...morning all!! you gud, gud, people!! indeed - nicely said you gud people... yoordjeeles's soonee-in munya!! ...poor old 'gypo joe' she's not all there in da head!! l'esk mwilsa a hu ? ...but solk us away from the taddy!! rofl!! pick da bones out of that one 'joe' boi!! yup... that buffoon enjoys posting under that repulsive username - but what would one expect from an extremist ? and someone who defended a school teacher who ran orf with a school-girl to france!! this is what the buffoon said... 'she knew what she was doing' oh really mr. clown face ? not according to the lawsof this country - we have laws to protect the vulnerable - not goofy ideas from someone who spends nearly all day and everyday posting on that 'free' newspaper ( sixty pence where sold though!! rofl!! ) can you ever imagine a 'free' newspaper which i'm informed runs in to ninety pages... but has eighty five odd pages odd adverts - then has the gaul to say 'it's free' but... wait fer it... 'it's sixty pence where sold' i mean come on!! how stoopid can one get ? it has the hall marks of clown boi 'joe' written all over it that bit!! and the clown was crying a few weeks ago - boo hoo it's past 22.00hrs and i'm still working on da shoppa!! boo hoo!! da clown is posting more crud on a friday night while gud decent, honest, people, are out and about or ordering a home delivery service of me bestest ruby murray brought to me door with me feet up watching a re-run of epic fail blogger erastus-piggott-theb igot tapes 'ron' put on a d.v.d.!! with my gud lady we sit on our expensive sofas - in our one million pands home - with the scoffers laffing at 'erastus' aka 'joe' boi bloopers!! poor old 'gypo joe' getting monstered all over the blooming place!! this is gonna be a full time job fer you boi!! run along will yas!! rof...rof...rofl!! :) now pardon me - i'm busy!! if anyone would like to join me on da 'wail' in say 11.00hrs for a bit of posting - then i'll look forward to your company!! i'll just mail 'carl' ...'tony',,,'lee' ...'grace'...and 'sid' ...rofl!! :) la relascoffering
  • Score: 1

10:34am Fri 23 May 14

miss huney hips says...

oh hun you do make me laugh out loud xx ;) c u over there
oh hun you do make me laugh out loud xx ;) c u over there miss huney hips
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9:45am Sat 24 May 14

Mr Dan Druff says...

BobDunn wrote:
richarddonnely wrote: Toilet racist mouth gypojoe on the news shopper was smarting that right wing political partys were toast but when he realised in the last 6 months that the electorate were fed up with the main 3 this piece of dirt launched into a smear campaign against right wingers wanting these partys banned from operating in the Uk! Not only have the electorate ignored "advice" from racist username toilet mouth gypojoe but more importantly they have gone out and voted for them! heh heh i know how funny that is! they have stuck up 2 fingers to gypojoe the filthy racist toilet mouth poster on the news shopper and stuffed his head down the toilet where his views belong! A virtual knock out blow to gypojoe the extremist filthy mouth! Lol
Wait until he sees the results up an down the country bro he'll be lying awake at night in his smelly bed wondering where it all went wrong..... He is the idiot that only wants a 3-party state in this country..... any other political party he sees as maybe a threat to the main 3 lot..... he wants them banned and their members locked up.... yer right thats going to happen aint it lol..... * You do know that Gypo Joe destests Irish travellers and uses the tag Gypo Joe as a way of masking his racism towards travellers and Irish travellers in particular.... hates them and is allowed to post away using racist comments on that free toilet paper he works on..... actually that is illegal to post under that highly offensive and racist user name bro
He might not like Travellers or Gypsies but it is an offence to attack them so toilet gob GYpo Joe can do one and its only a matter of time before his toilet gob user name is totally pulled and buried for good

I heard he liked posting up names from the BNP leaked members list so now I wonder if he will continue his extremist cyber bullying by posting up names for UKIP?
This is the extremist tactics he uses, he only wants a 3 poltical party system in this country or he will use his extremist tactics of naming people on any list of groups he does not like, a coward and a cyber bully but luckily people have stood up to the scum bag and resisted his attacks

A toilet mouth scum bag on the News Shopper toilet paper going under the name of Gypo Joe
[quote][p][bold]BobDunn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richarddonnely[/bold] wrote: Toilet racist mouth gypojoe on the news shopper was smarting that right wing political partys were toast but when he realised in the last 6 months that the electorate were fed up with the main 3 this piece of dirt launched into a smear campaign against right wingers wanting these partys banned from operating in the Uk! Not only have the electorate ignored "advice" from racist username toilet mouth gypojoe but more importantly they have gone out and voted for them! heh heh i know how funny that is! they have stuck up 2 fingers to gypojoe the filthy racist toilet mouth poster on the news shopper and stuffed his head down the toilet where his views belong! A virtual knock out blow to gypojoe the extremist filthy mouth! Lol[/p][/quote]Wait until he sees the results up an down the country bro he'll be lying awake at night in his smelly bed wondering where it all went wrong..... He is the idiot that only wants a 3-party state in this country..... any other political party he sees as maybe a threat to the main 3 lot..... he wants them banned and their members locked up.... yer right thats going to happen aint it lol..... * You do know that Gypo Joe destests Irish travellers and uses the tag Gypo Joe as a way of masking his racism towards travellers and Irish travellers in particular.... hates them and is allowed to post away using racist comments on that free toilet paper he works on..... actually that is illegal to post under that highly offensive and racist user name bro[/p][/quote]He might not like Travellers or Gypsies but it is an offence to attack them so toilet gob GYpo Joe can do one and its only a matter of time before his toilet gob user name is totally pulled and buried for good I heard he liked posting up names from the BNP leaked members list so now I wonder if he will continue his extremist cyber bullying by posting up names for UKIP? This is the extremist tactics he uses, he only wants a 3 poltical party system in this country or he will use his extremist tactics of naming people on any list of groups he does not like, a coward and a cyber bully but luckily people have stood up to the scum bag and resisted his attacks A toilet mouth scum bag on the News Shopper toilet paper going under the name of Gypo Joe Mr Dan Druff
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9:55am Sat 24 May 14

goldenbroomeboy says...

la relascoffering wrote:
...morning all!! you gud, gud, people!! indeed - nicely said you gud people... yoordjeeles's soonee-in munya!! ...poor old 'gypo joe' she's not all there in da head!! l'esk mwilsa a hu ? ...but solk us away from the taddy!! rofl!! pick da bones out of that one 'joe' boi!! yup... that buffoon enjoys posting under that repulsive username - but what would one expect from an extremist ? and someone who defended a school teacher who ran orf with a school-girl to france!! this is what the buffoon said... 'she knew what she was doing' oh really mr. clown face ? not according to the lawsof this country - we have laws to protect the vulnerable - not goofy ideas from someone who spends nearly all day and everyday posting on that 'free' newspaper ( sixty pence where sold though!! rofl!! ) can you ever imagine a 'free' newspaper which i'm informed runs in to ninety pages... but has eighty five odd pages odd adverts - then has the gaul to say 'it's free' but... wait fer it... 'it's sixty pence where sold' i mean come on!! how stoopid can one get ? it has the hall marks of clown boi 'joe' written all over it that bit!! and the clown was crying a few weeks ago - boo hoo it's past 22.00hrs and i'm still working on da shoppa!! boo hoo!! da clown is posting more crud on a friday night while gud decent, honest, people, are out and about or ordering a home delivery service of me bestest ruby murray brought to me door with me feet up watching a re-run of epic fail blogger erastus-piggott-theb igot tapes 'ron' put on a d.v.d.!! with my gud lady we sit on our expensive sofas - in our one million pands home - with the scoffers laffing at 'erastus' aka 'joe' boi bloopers!! poor old 'gypo joe' getting monstered all over the blooming place!! this is gonna be a full time job fer you boi!! run along will yas!! rof...rof...rofl!! :) now pardon me - i'm busy!! if anyone would like to join me on da 'wail' in say 11.00hrs for a bit of posting - then i'll look forward to your company!! i'll just mail 'carl' ...'tony',,,'lee' ...'grace'...and 'sid' ...rofl!! :)
crying about the BNP crying about UKIP the cant doesnt stop crying he is even crying that he has to work on the shopper until 11pm the big cry baby! lol he cried to his mummy oh look there are people out there with alternative views to what i have mummy its not fair! booooo booo booo hooo hoo well he can go on crying because it looks like UKIP are still going along and the BNP pushed the Liberals in to 5th spot so what you have is a certain number of people who will vote for the policies that suit them wether that is BNP or UKIP or who ever it is hah hah the cant gypo joe cant do a thing about it boooo hoooo mummy it aint fair and i have to work until midnight on my free toilet paper boooo hoooo lol
[quote][p][bold]la relascoffering[/bold] wrote: ...morning all!! you gud, gud, people!! indeed - nicely said you gud people... yoordjeeles's soonee-in munya!! ...poor old 'gypo joe' she's not all there in da head!! l'esk mwilsa a hu ? ...but solk us away from the taddy!! rofl!! pick da bones out of that one 'joe' boi!! yup... that buffoon enjoys posting under that repulsive username - but what would one expect from an extremist ? and someone who defended a school teacher who ran orf with a school-girl to france!! this is what the buffoon said... 'she knew what she was doing' oh really mr. clown face ? not according to the lawsof this country - we have laws to protect the vulnerable - not goofy ideas from someone who spends nearly all day and everyday posting on that 'free' newspaper ( sixty pence where sold though!! rofl!! ) can you ever imagine a 'free' newspaper which i'm informed runs in to ninety pages... but has eighty five odd pages odd adverts - then has the gaul to say 'it's free' but... wait fer it... 'it's sixty pence where sold' i mean come on!! how stoopid can one get ? it has the hall marks of clown boi 'joe' written all over it that bit!! and the clown was crying a few weeks ago - boo hoo it's past 22.00hrs and i'm still working on da shoppa!! boo hoo!! da clown is posting more crud on a friday night while gud decent, honest, people, are out and about or ordering a home delivery service of me bestest ruby murray brought to me door with me feet up watching a re-run of epic fail blogger erastus-piggott-theb igot tapes 'ron' put on a d.v.d.!! with my gud lady we sit on our expensive sofas - in our one million pands home - with the scoffers laffing at 'erastus' aka 'joe' boi bloopers!! poor old 'gypo joe' getting monstered all over the blooming place!! this is gonna be a full time job fer you boi!! run along will yas!! rof...rof...rofl!! :) now pardon me - i'm busy!! if anyone would like to join me on da 'wail' in say 11.00hrs for a bit of posting - then i'll look forward to your company!! i'll just mail 'carl' ...'tony',,,'lee' ...'grace'...and 'sid' ...rofl!! :)[/p][/quote]crying about the BNP crying about UKIP the cant doesnt stop crying he is even crying that he has to work on the shopper until 11pm the big cry baby! lol he cried to his mummy oh look there are people out there with alternative views to what i have mummy its not fair! booooo booo booo hooo hoo well he can go on crying because it looks like UKIP are still going along and the BNP pushed the Liberals in to 5th spot so what you have is a certain number of people who will vote for the policies that suit them wether that is BNP or UKIP or who ever it is hah hah the cant gypo joe cant do a thing about it boooo hoooo mummy it aint fair and i have to work until midnight on my free toilet paper boooo hoooo lol goldenbroomeboy
  • Score: 1

9:58am Sat 24 May 14

miss huney hips says...

lol a big mummys boy is gypo joe! scoff has txd me im meeting him on the daily mail then the express see u lot over there guys xx
lol a big mummys boy is gypo joe! scoff has txd me im meeting him on the daily mail then the express see u lot over there guys xx miss huney hips
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