Store tried to stop me attending fires - firefighter

Thursday, 4 May 2017

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A PART-TIME firefighter has claimed his supermarket employer were preventing him from attending emergency call-outs.
Paul Neilly, who has been a retained firefighter since 2003, says Tesco management told him he was not supposed to attend call outs after returning from a major incident earlier this month.
On Saturday, April 1 he responded to an alarm at around 9am while on duty at the Portstewart store. He returned to work shortly afterwards but was then alerted to a major incident at Magilligan Prison.
When he returned however, Paul said his absence was queried by the manager, who it later transpired, contacted the Fire Service to authenticate Paul's version of events.
A Tesco spokesperson would only say: "Across Great Britain and Northern Ireland we have hundreds of colleagues who have part time roles in the emergency services or armed forces.
“We take great pride in being a flexible employer and any colleagues wishing to take on additional responsibilities outside of Tesco will be supported by their manager who will be able to explain the process for making this happen."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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