Firefighters announce fourth day of strike action over retirment age row
FIREFIGHTERS have announced they plan to strike again – the fourth time since September.
Members of the Fire Brigade Union in Bolton have scheduled to walk out from 10am until 2pm on Wednesday, November 13.
It follows strike action on Monday and Friday, where fire personnel across the town took to the picket line for two hours each day – leaving stand-in services to cover for them.
Greater Manchester Fire Brigades Union secretary Gary Keary said they were continuing strike action because the union and government failed to come to a compromise regarding plans to increase the age of retirement for firefighters from 55 to 60.
He said: “Striking is the last thing we want to do – it’s not in a firefighter's nature to leave the public at risk. But it’s the only choice we have left.
“It’s a disgrace that the government are ignoring their own data and research from the Fire Brigades Union to force through these changes.
“They seem to have total tunnel vision and are intent on ignoring the risk to firefighters.”
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