Firefighters strike for a third day in row over pensions
FIREFIGHTERS across Bolton walked out for two hours this morning in protest over changes to their pensions – their third strike in recent weeks.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union in picketed outside stations across the town from 6am until 8am.
The industrial action is a response to proposed changes to when firefighters can retire – with government bosses looking to increase the age from 55 to 60.
Out of 11 calls made to emergency services during the strike period, none were related to Bolton.
Fire Brigades Union general secretary, Matt Wrack, said the union will continue negotiating with the government in a bid to stop the changes.
He said “If the government is serious about firefighters being protected from being sacked without access to their pensions as it claims to be, why won’t it draft the pension regulations accordingly?
“We have even made it easy for them by providing the necessary wording following legal advice.
“The threat of firefighters facing the sack without access to a full pension as they get older is only one aspect of our campaign, but discussions could move forward quite easily with this simple step.”
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David Acton, thanked the public for their vigiliance leading up to and during the industrial action.
He said: “We hope that people will continue to be vigilant and take extra care, as fire safety and road safety are just as important every day of the year.”
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