Kent Green Party have sent a message of support to the Fire Brigade Union at the start of their strike against the increase in the age of retirement. The government want to increase the retirement age to 60 which the FBU deem as unsafe. Kent Greens have
Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party: "It is very clear that this is the latest in a long line of ideological attacks on the public sector and one that affects the safety of the service.
"Kent Fire and Rescue Service provide an excellent and vital service to Kent but our public sector services have, for decades, been systematically attacked. Workers are bearing the brunt of this, and are being expected to pay the price for an economic crisis not of their making.
"We are proud to be able to express our solidarity with the workers on strike who have done this as a last resort. We hope their action is successful."
Letter to the FBU 15th July 2014
Dear Mr Simmons,
On behalf of Kent Green Party, I wanted to drop you a short note to express our solidarity with your strike action.
We are disgusted by the approach of the government against all sections of the public sector and we have been supporting recent actions across the country. The latest attempt to increase retirement ages is simply another attack on the public sector and as you rightly point out, it impacts on the safety of the Fire Brigade.
It is very clear that you provide an excellent and vital service to Kent but our public sector services have, for decades, been systematically attacked. Workers are bearing the brunt of this, and are being expected to pay the price for an economic crisis not of their making.
We recognise that going on strike is the option of last resort. We sincerely hope that your action succeeds in defending your pensions and working conditions – all of which are vital if we are to protect the integrity of the service.
Chair of Kent Green Party