Professional firefighters today disputed the Government's proposal on the new rules of retirement at 60 years of age, but welcome the agreement reached on the professional status that will allow a single career.
The National Association of Professional Firefighters and the National Union of Professional Firefighters (ANBP / SNBP) today ended negotiations with the Government on the professional status and new retirement regime after a meeting with the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, José Neves .
The president of the union, Sérgio Carvalho, told Lusa that 17 years later professional firefighters will have a new professional status, and the Government's version should be approved in the coming weeks.
Although the version presented today by the Secretary of State does not include all the contributions of the ANBP / SNBP, the Government accepted some points and dropped some of the most controversial proposals advanced in the initial proposal of the professional status.
Sérgio Carvalho said that the fire and municipal firefighters, elements of the Special Fire Service (FEB) of the National Authority of Emergency and Civil Protection and the Firefighters Firefighting Force of the Institute of Nature Conservation and Forests will have a unique career.
According to the ANPB / SNBP, the Government will maintain the current professional fire stations, having dropped from the initial version the reduction of careers.
Sérgio Carvalho also explained that the municipal firefighters and sapnings will have the same order, and the saplings table will be applied when they receive a base salary of 949.50 euros, with subsidies included.
"There will not be any injury to any firefighter," he said.
Regarding the retirement proposal, the ANPB / SNBP said that it does not agree with the 60-year retirement for firefighters, nor with the new rules that the Government wants to impose when proposing that they be placed in administrative work in corporations at 55 years.
The ANPB / SNBP proposed to the Secretary of State that firefighters should be in early retirement at age 55, as is the case with the security forces.