Tomorrow's fire service strike called off
A PLANNED fire strike for tomorrow has been cancelled as unions hailed progress in talks over pensions.
Stations across Bolton and the north west were due to close between 6.30pm and 11.30pm tomorrow as part of the national strike.
This has now been abandoned, with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) citing a breakthrough in discussions over pension terms as the key factor.
The government is pressing for firefighters to work until they are 60, while the current standard retirement age for fire officers is 55.
The FBU maintains that 60 is too old for people to be dealing with serious fires.
Ian Bailey, Bolton's borough commander, said: “The logistics of why the strike has been called off are obviously down to the FBU.
“From our point of view, obviously the contingency plans we had in place for providing emergency fire assistance between that time will not be needed, which is something of a relief.”
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