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Pension bill amendment will protect workers rights

14 January, 2014 - by Daithí McKay

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the acceptance of an amendment he and his party brought forward to the Assembly today in regard to the case of firefighters and the Public Service Pensions Bill.

 Mr McKay said

 "We brought forward a number of amendments today in relation to this Bill to ensure that the normal pension age for public service workers would be an issue that would be decided on through regulations at an Executive and departmental level.

 "The link with Westminster in regard to normal pension age leaves us at the mercy of the British government there rather than having these decisions made by local accountable politicians. That runs contrary to the concept of local devolution.

 "I am particularly glad to see that other parties accepted our argument that pension age for firefighters should be decided upon at a local level through regulations and voted for the Sinn Féin amendment.

 "This is an issue that local firefighters have been concerned about and we are glad that there will now be an opportunity for government locally to consider the introduction of regulations in conjunction with the Fire Brigade Union.

 "There is a public safety aspect to the issue of firefighters that have to work until their later years in life and it is only proper that this is considered fully." ENDS

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