Firemen to protest next week

20th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 February 2007, The three labour unions representing firemen throughout Belgium called for a protest on February 28, deploring that the Minister of the Interior, Patrick Dewael, did not take their views into consideration when reforming the Belgian fire department.

20 February 2007

The three labour unions representing firemen throughout Belgium called for a protest on February 28, deploring that the Minister of the Interior, Patrick Dewael, did not take their views into consideration when reforming the Belgian fire department.

The CGSP, CSC-Public Service and the SLFP said that the minister focussed on civil protection to the detriment of the Belgian fire authorities and asked that firemen gather in Brussels at 10.30 am on February 28 to remind the government of their demands. 

"We are in an electoral period and many promises are made" said José Doppagne, secretary general of the CSC, "we just want to remind the government that we are waiting for the changes we were promised".

Unions have asked that the retirement age for firemen be reduced to 56 years old, arguing that their tasks become more dangerous as they grow older. Unions also asked for a recruiting campaign to compensate for the number of firemen retiring.

[Copyright Expatica 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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