Bolton firefighters to strike again

Bolton firefighters to strike again

Bolton firefighters to strike again

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BOLTON’S firefighters will join colleagues across the country when they stage a 24-hour strike over a pensions row.

The walk-out, the longest of the three-year dispute, will take place on Thursday from 9am with another strike set to take place on Saturday, June 21, between 10am and 5pm.

In addition, firefighters will not carry out any voluntary overtime or conduct training of volunteer “strike-breakers” between the two dates.

The Fire Brigades Union is continuing to protest about proposed changes to firefighters’ pensions and a later retirement age.

FBU chiefs met the fire minister Brandon Lewis earlier this week.

The union claims that the government is refusing to publish alternative proposals on pensions which they believe could help to resolve the issue.

The decision to strike was made at a meeting of the FBU’s executive council on Wednesday, June 4.

Some of the key issues raised about the new proposals include firefighters having to work for 40 years to receive a full pension and the safety issues of 60-year-olds working on the front line.

Simon Yaffa, chairman of the Greater Manchester FBU branch, said the service needs a pension that is “fit for purpose”.

He said: “It’s no surprise to me that further action has been announced. There has been nothing coming from the government to alleviate our concerns.

“For a 60-year-old working on the front line, the stresses on the body are too much, through no fault of their own.

“Now people entering the service at 20 will have to work to that age to get their full pension. If they start at an older age they could have to work past 60, and if they can’t reach that age their pension will be less.

“It’s regrettable and public safety is always our top priority — but we have been repeatedly told that there are adequate plans in place so no lives will be put at risk.” County Fire Officer Steve McGuirk said: “We’ve recruited and trained emergency fire crew to provide fire cover during periods of industrial action and this has been the approach since the dispute began.

“This will be a reduced service in comparison to our day-to-day service, with fewer engines attending a more limited range of incidents.

“While we would urge people only to call us for true emergencies, they should feel confident that if they dial 999, they will still get a quick emergency response from well-trained crews.”

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10:56am Sun 8 Jun 14

llcoolwayne says...

Go for it lads, you deserve a fair pension, I believe you pay upto £350 per month for it, it's wrong for this corrupt government to change the conditions of that pension you signed up to.
Go for it lads, you deserve a fair pension, I believe you pay upto £350 per month for it, it's wrong for this corrupt government to change the conditions of that pension you signed up to. llcoolwayne
  • Score: 4

8:27am Mon 9 Jun 14

BrendanJabbers says...

That's dedication.
That's dedication. BrendanJabbers
  • Score: 0

9:04am Mon 9 Jun 14

stereo_world says...

Oh god.. what will happen to the toddlers with their feet stuck in fences? Or the parents who are stupid enough to lock their own kid in their car?
Oh god.. what will happen to the toddlers with their feet stuck in fences? Or the parents who are stupid enough to lock their own kid in their car? stereo_world
  • Score: 3

9:05am Mon 9 Jun 14

stereo_world says...

In other words, good luck lads, hope you win.
In other words, good luck lads, hope you win. stereo_world
  • Score: -1

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