Labour AMs call for fairness for firefighters

Ann Jones and Lynne Neagle have joined together to call for fair pension conditions for Welsh firefighters.

Supporting the Fire Brigades Union’s four hour strike action, the two AMs marched with and addressed fire fighters on the Senedd steps and pledged to support their action. Proposals to raise the age of retirement threatens to leave fire-fighters who are unable to do the very physically demanding job in their late 50s, without a proper pension.

Ann Jones, AM for the Vale of Clwyd and a former FBU National Official said: “Fire-fighters routinely put their lives in danger for the people of Wales. Fire-fighters are required to maintain a very high level of fitness and after many decades in the Fire Service, wear and tear takes its toll. It’s very important that people who give so much to the public are appropriately rewarded in their retirement”.

Lynne Neagle, AM for Torfaen said: “I was pleased to be able to show my support for the FBU strike at the Senedd this afternoon. Firefighters do not take strike action lightly – they are being shoddily treated by the Tories and Lib Dems in Westminster – and working with Assembly colleauges, I will continue to urge the Welsh Government to do all it can to persuade the UK Government to get back around the negotiating table and hammer out a fair deal for the Fire Service”.