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BREAKING: FBU announce eight more strike dates

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BREAKING: FBU announce eight more strike dates

by 31st July 2014, 15.17 BST

FBU strikeFirefighters have today issued a further eight day period of strike action as the Westminster government have not improved their pension proposals.

The current proposals in England and Wales are still unworkable and mean that firefighters will still face dismissal simply because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role until they are age 60.

The proposals would also mean that if firefighters opt for early retirement, the reduction in their pension would be unacceptably high.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means that firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to age 60.

“This is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

“We know it, and the public know it, but the government will not listen to the evidence based case we have made to them”.

An improved position meaning that firefighters can retire with more flexibility from age 55 has been considered and costed by the government for more than three months but has simply not been offered.

The costings provided by the Government’s Actuary Department and released by DCLG mean firefighters who take early retirement would get a reduced pension of around 10% – 13% rather than the massive reduction that the government currently proposes.

Proposals incorporating flexible retirement options should be included in an improved offer for the FBU for its members to consider.

Sean Starbuck, FBU national officer, says: “It’s extremely disappointing that we have had to issue more strike dates but the government are simply not listening to our concerns.

“We have a new fire minister but to date she doesn’t appear to have listened to our case.

“The government still has an opportunity to improve their offer which could avoid the need for action.”

No industrial action is being taken in Scotland and N Ireland as improved pension proposals are being discussed.

Starbuck added: “Firefighters are angry as the Westminster government claims we don’t want to resolve this dispute.

“This is absurd as the situation both in Scotland and N Ireland shows this is simply not the case.”

The strikes will take place for eight days from Saturday 9 August – until Saturday 16 August between 12pm – 2pm and 22:59 – 23:59.

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Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU)  will walk out for six hours from 6.30pm on December 31 and for two hours from 6.30am on January 3.

The action is being called in an escalation of their long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

The union argues that firefighters in their late 50s face being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by half because of changes in the retirement age.

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Firefighters collect 40,000 signatures against proposals to close 19 Derbyshire fire stations

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From Derby Telegraph By ktyler_dt  : December 20, 2013

FIREFIGHTERS have collected more than 40,000 signatures opposing plans to close 19 fire stations across the county.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have been encouraging people to sign a petition against the plans.

And today, the document was handed over to the chair of the fire authority, Roland Hosker.

Chris Tapp, secretary for the Derbyshire branch of the FBU, said: “I want to thank everybody who has put pen to paper and signed the petition.”

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Pensions in the Fire Service

 December 5, 2013



5 December 2013

Dear Brother / Sister


Call for industrial action

Members have been informed of the result of the ballot for industrial action consisting of a strike.

As the person authorised to make the call for industrial action, I now confirm that this discontinuous strike action will commence and terminate at the times and on the dates specified below:

Commencing 13th December 2013 at 18:00hrs until 13th December 2013 at 22:00hrs

Commencing 14th December 2013 at 18:00hrs until 14th December 2013 at 22:00hrs

These are the dates/times which have been determined upon. We hope the matter will then be resolved. If not, further dates in respect of this ongoing strike action will be notified once determined. Members in England and Wales (except control members*) are now called upon to take discontinuous strike action at and not earlier than the dates and times specified above and on any further dates to be so notified.

*NB Control member includes those who have been transferred from control duties but remain eligible for the same pension schemes as control members.

Best wishes.

Yours fraternally

General Secretary