Firefighters' strikes in Essex cost taxpayer £10,000 a time

Echo: Firefighters' strikes in Essex cost taxpayer £10,000 a time Firefighters' strikes in Essex cost taxpayer £10,000 a time

INDUSTRIAL action because of a row over firefighters’ pensions has cost the taxpayer £10,000 per strike, it has been revealed.

Essex Fire Service and the Firefighter Brigade Union have been locked in a national dispute over pensions, with several localised strikes organised.

The fire service has put £300,000 a year into its budgets since 2011 to cope with disruptive events.

But the organisation has revealed each strike has cost it around £10,000 per strike because of higher costs of replacements.

The finance report said: “The latest national dispute between the FBU and the Government over pensions has placed an additional financial burden of around £10k per strike on the authority as the costs of implementing the resilience arrangements are more than the savings in firefighter pay.

“Essex Fire Authority agreed to establish a budget to support the resilience arrangements for strike periods from April 2011 during the period of a local dispute between the FBU and the authority.”

The last high profile strike from the FBU took place on New Year’s Eve, with a war of words breaking out between the union and fire chiefs after striking firefighters were told they were not welcome back for the rest of their shift after their strike had concluded.

The £300,000 fund has been included in the service’s draft 2014/15 budget,with the dispute still unresolved.

A spokesman for the union said: “If that is the expenditure, then I am disappointed because that is quite a big chunk of cash.

“It seems like a lot of money to be spending on a small amount of staff for resilience during strikes.”

The cash for emergencies is all budgeted for, the service has said.

Ann Holland, who is vice chairman of the Fire Authority, is helping set the budget for next year.

She said: “This is a national strike and we do need to have contingencies in place.

“I think it is an arrangement that works quite well.”

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8:50am Fri 17 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

What replacements?the last strikes emergences were delt with by the striking crewes.devide and rule tactics again.
What replacements?the last strikes emergences were delt with by the striking crewes.devide and rule tactics again. stevedawson

9:53am Fri 17 Jan 14

UK Geek says...

Take their beds away!!!!
Take their beds away!!!! UK Geek

9:56am Fri 17 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

stevedawson wrote:
What replacements?the last strikes emergences were delt with by the striking crewes.devide and rule tactics again.
quite right..... whenever the working class try and defend their standard of living they are branded greedy and selfish, but when the useless clowns in boardrooms award themselves a 20% pay rise it's all about 'talent' even though half of them couldn't run an egg and spoon race..... the sad thing is the divide and rule tactics actually work due to the gormless public
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: What replacements?the last strikes emergences were delt with by the striking crewes.devide and rule tactics again.[/p][/quote]quite right..... whenever the working class try and defend their standard of living they are branded greedy and selfish, but when the useless clowns in boardrooms award themselves a 20% pay rise it's all about 'talent' even though half of them couldn't run an egg and spoon race..... the sad thing is the divide and rule tactics actually work due to the gormless public pembury53

10:10am Fri 17 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

UK Geek wrote:
Take their beds away!!!!
Grow up and read the facts...

http://www.echo-news
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You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.
[quote][p][bold]UK Geek[/bold] wrote: Take their beds away!!!![/p][/quote]Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building. Kim Gandy

12:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
UK Geek wrote:
Take their beds away!!!!
Grow up and read the facts...

http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/archive/2013/

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You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.
Which they did when on strike before Christmas, in Dagenham! The FBU stated as no life was at risk they would, and did withdraw crews from the fire for the duration of the strike. Nice people?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UK Geek[/bold] wrote: Take their beds away!!!![/p][/quote]Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.[/p][/quote]Which they did when on strike before Christmas, in Dagenham! The FBU stated as no life was at risk they would, and did withdraw crews from the fire for the duration of the strike. Nice people? Say It As It Is OK?

2:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

UK Geek says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
UK Geek wrote:
Take their beds away!!!!
Grow up and read the facts...

http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/archive/2013/

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You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.
Shut up you "demented geriatric" ring any bells?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UK Geek[/bold] wrote: Take their beds away!!!![/p][/quote]Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.[/p][/quote]Shut up you "demented geriatric" ring any bells? UK Geek

3:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
UK Geek wrote:
Take their beds away!!!!
Grow up and read the facts...

http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/archive/2013/

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You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.
My world has fallen in today. Kim Gandy, my hero of the rabid right, defending striking public sector workers. I thought you hated lefties, and unions (with their donations to things like UAF)? As Kim was saying only the other day about the police, the left has infiltrated everywhere, including Gandy's head. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Still, this makes more sense now.

http://www.independe
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[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UK Geek[/bold] wrote: Take their beds away!!!![/p][/quote]Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.[/p][/quote]My world has fallen in today. Kim Gandy, my hero of the rabid right, defending striking public sector workers. I thought you hated lefties, and unions (with their donations to things like UAF)? As Kim was saying only the other day about the police, the left has infiltrated everywhere, including Gandy's head. It's bloody political correctness gone mad, is what it is. Still, this makes more sense now. http://www.independe nt.co.uk/voices/comm ent/an-open-letter-f rom-owen-jones-to-uk ip-voters-9061968.ht ml Mail Member 4 Colchester

12:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

rayleigh123 says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
UK Geek wrote: Take their beds away!!!!
Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.
Which they did when on strike before Christmas, in Dagenham! The FBU stated as no life was at risk they would, and did withdraw crews from the fire for the duration of the strike. Nice people?
In the strikes of about 10 years ago my daughter had a car accident and was trapped, a green goddess and three squaddies attended, to get her out.
All they had was a hacksaw !!!! the police called the fire brigade for help and the firemen who were on strike at the old Hadleigh station immedaitely despatched two appliance and using thier heavy duty cutting equipment got her out and passed her to the paramedics.

ALL FIREMAN / FIRE WOMEN ARE HEROES AND WORTH EVERY PENNY THEY GET.


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[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UK Geek[/bold] wrote: Take their beds away!!!![/p][/quote]Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.[/p][/quote]Which they did when on strike before Christmas, in Dagenham! The FBU stated as no life was at risk they would, and did withdraw crews from the fire for the duration of the strike. Nice people?[/p][/quote]In the strikes of about 10 years ago my daughter had a car accident and was trapped, a green goddess and three squaddies attended, to get her out. All they had was a hacksaw !!!! the police called the fire brigade for help and the firemen who were on strike at the old Hadleigh station immedaitely despatched two appliance and using thier heavy duty cutting equipment got her out and passed her to the paramedics. ALL FIREMAN / FIRE WOMEN ARE HEROES AND WORTH EVERY PENNY THEY GET. . rayleigh123

8:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

FamouSam says...

rayleigh123 wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
UK Geek wrote: Take their beds away!!!!
Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.
Which they did when on strike before Christmas, in Dagenham! The FBU stated as no life was at risk they would, and did withdraw crews from the fire for the duration of the strike. Nice people?
In the strikes of about 10 years ago my daughter had a car accident and was trapped, a green goddess and three squaddies attended, to get her out.
All they had was a hacksaw !!!! the police called the fire brigade for help and the firemen who were on strike at the old Hadleigh station immedaitely despatched two appliance and using thier heavy duty cutting equipment got her out and passed her to the paramedics.

ALL FIREMAN / FIRE WOMEN ARE HEROES AND WORTH EVERY PENNY THEY GET.


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I hope your daughter ended up ok.

As I recall the fire brigade wouldn't allow the army to drive the trucks. That's the reason the army couldn't help; the kids had hidden the equipment.

But if the FB had been working they could have helped, and if they hadn't prevented the army having the equipment the army could have helped.

They're not heroes in my opinion; they're people doing a job of their choosing when it suits them and abusing the system when they feel they can squeeze more out of taxpayers.

No one forced them to be firefighters.
[quote][p][bold]rayleigh123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UK Geek[/bold] wrote: Take their beds away!!!![/p][/quote]Grow up and read the facts... http://www.echo-news .co.uk/archive/2013/ 10/14/10733786.Not_e nough_firefighters_t o_cover_during_heatw ave/ You'd be singing a different tune if they pulled you out of a burning building.[/p][/quote]Which they did when on strike before Christmas, in Dagenham! The FBU stated as no life was at risk they would, and did withdraw crews from the fire for the duration of the strike. Nice people?[/p][/quote]In the strikes of about 10 years ago my daughter had a car accident and was trapped, a green goddess and three squaddies attended, to get her out. All they had was a hacksaw !!!! the police called the fire brigade for help and the firemen who were on strike at the old Hadleigh station immedaitely despatched two appliance and using thier heavy duty cutting equipment got her out and passed her to the paramedics. ALL FIREMAN / FIRE WOMEN ARE HEROES AND WORTH EVERY PENNY THEY GET. .[/p][/quote]I hope your daughter ended up ok. As I recall the fire brigade wouldn't allow the army to drive the trucks. That's the reason the army couldn't help; the kids had hidden the equipment. But if the FB had been working they could have helped, and if they hadn't prevented the army having the equipment the army could have helped. They're not heroes in my opinion; they're people doing a job of their choosing when it suits them and abusing the system when they feel they can squeeze more out of taxpayers. No one forced them to be firefighters. FamouSam

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