Fur­ther fire strike ac­tion in on­go­ing row

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS will strike again this week­end in their row with the Govern­ment over pen­sions and the age of re­tire­ment.

Mem­bers of the Fire Bri­gades Union in Mac­cles­field will stage a three-hour walk­out on Satur­day (Au­gust 16).

The FBU is cam­paign­ing against con­tro­ver­sial changes it be­lieves will force fire­men and women to work into their 60s.

The union is also locked in a dis­pute with the Govern­ment over its plans to make fire­fight­ers pay more in pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions.

The first strike will start at 12pm till 2pm, with another walk­out planned from 11pm to mid­night.

FBU spokesman Sean Star­buck said: “The Govern­ment are not lis­ten­ing.”

Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice is calling on the pub­lic to be ex­tra vig­i­lant when the strike takes place.

Paul Han­cock, chief fire of­fi­cer, said: “It is im­por­tant to high­light that the strikes be­ing pro­posed re­late to na­tional is­sues rather than lo­cal ones and that ac­tion will only be taken by those staff that are mem­bers of the Fire Bri­gades Union.

“We have plans and pro­ce­dures in place.”

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