Paul, who represented the London region of the FBU
on its national executive, seems to have paid a high price for publicly disagreeing.
The head of FBU
"Administration" Kamvodput "Sergey Sergeyev congratulated all those present on the start of navigation, spoke about the development prospects of the Kama basin, thanked the team for the work done during the preparation for navigation and presented well-deserved awards to employees of the Belsky waterway and shipping.
Since 2010-11, more than 9,000 fire and rescue service jobs in England have been lost, the number of wholetime firefighters has fallen by just under 6,500, and the number of fire control room staff has reduced by 433, said the FBU
Matt Wrack, FBU
general secretary, said: "This is an overwhelming result.
have called for a specific consultation on the future of Stourport fire station.
Earlier, the FBU
described changes to pensions and the retirement age as "unworkable".
It follows strikes organised by the FBU
earlier this year.
said the Welsh Government was now making preparations to consult on the pension scheme which will differ from the one proposed in England.
An estimated 3,000 Welsh FBU
members walked out for three hours yesterday, initially from midday until 2pm and later between 10.59pm and 11.59pm - a pattern which is now due to be repeated daily until Saturday.
said members have already staged walkouts over 24 days since strikes began in September last year and firefighters have gone on strike for more than 160 hours.
This latest strike, the 15th in the FBU
's campaign, will last from 10am to 7pm.
Durham's deputy chief fire officer, Stuart Errington, said: "We are very disappointed that, despite talks between the FBU
and Government, there is still no negotiated resolution to the current national dispute.