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[英伦广角] 2013-10-05 英国消防员罢工以抗议退休年龄延后至60岁

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It’s been a decade since the firefighters last walked out. The Fire Brigade Union warns proposed changes will mean firefighters will have to work longer and pay more into their pensions, yet receive less in the time. 80% of union members walked out. Here in the Midlands, two generations of firefighters stood side by side. David Pitt and his son David Junior believe they are lose out into the changes which they see could see them having to work into their 60s.

“We're here striking at Richmondshire fire station to give a big message out give out to the public that this is a sign for firefighters and this is a sign for members of the public.”

“I’ve been doing the job over two decades, and it takes its towel all upon your joints. And it’s harder and harder to do all the job.”

In Leeds, firefighters blame their senior management, claiming they were looking after themselves and leaving the crews to suffer.

“This may be a short strike in duration, but it’s already caused its fair share of disruption. The Fire Brigade Union is threatening more industrial action if it doesn’t get what it wants. The government will be perhaps quietly worried, but it will not want to return to the prolonged industrial action which we saw more than a decade to go.”

Back then, the army drove the aging green goddesses. The union wanted a 40% pay rise. Eventually the strike ended when they are settled for less than half that.

“We do think the strike is totally unnecessary. The age issue is something that the FBU did not even list in their points when they made the strike action went forward with it, so that is not the part of the strike action.”

This time, they are training the strike breakers. Some brigade including London and Surrey hired private contractors to stand in, the public though is still being warned that non-emergency calls may not be answered.

This four-hour strike has taken place in the middle of the day, away from the rush hour when the fire service is busiest. More disruption is likely.

“The union described it as a warning shot. And I think very clearly this is the least they could do in terms of strike action. This will be a fairly quiet part of the war.”

The strike passed off without major incident. The two sides will now resume the negotiations. If no one backs down, the firefighters say they will walk out for longer next time.

Nick Martin, Sky News, Leeds.
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