Firefighters call more strikes after government refuses compromise on pensions attacks

11403484704_a1a07a7ef6_oFirefighters in England, Scotland and Wales will take part in further industrial action over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

English and Welsh firefighters will strike on:

  • Friday 2 May, between noon and 5pm
  • - Saturday 3 May, between 2pm and 2am
  • - Sunday 4 May, between 10am and 3pm.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday 4 May until noon on Friday 9 May.

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FBU to hold elections for new vice-president

Conference roomThe Fire Brigades Union is holding elections for a new vice-president.

The position is responsible for presiding over union meetings, including those of the executive council when the president — currently Alan McLean — is absent, as well as any other duties assigned by the exec. Continue reading

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Write to your MP over the fire minister’s inaccurate claims on pensions

OFBU_logo_coln Monday 7 April, Westminster fire minister, Brandon Lewis, told the House of Commons that the Fire Brigades Union had not sought to obtain protection from changes to firefighters’ pensions scheme for members.

This answer was inaccurate and presents a complete misrepresentation of discussions the FBU have had with DCLG and with the minister and his team over many months.

As a result, the FBU is asking all members and our supporters to write to their MP to highlight the minister’s inaccuracies.

To contact yours, use our campaign tool by clicking here.

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Video update on pensions: ministers’ protection claims “inaccurate”

The Fire Brigades Union has released a video exploring comments made by Brandon Lewis, the Westminster fire minster, that during negotiations the union had not raised the issue of protection of members from the government’s pension proposals. Continue reading

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Fire minister’s Commons answer on firefighters’ pension protection “inaccurate”, says FBU

An answer given by the Westminster Fire Minister, Brandon Lewis, over the issue of protection of firefighters’ pensions from proposed government changes was inaccurate, the Fire Brigades Union has claimed.

On Monday 7 April, the minister responded to a question by Labour MP for Plymouth, Alison Seabeck, by saying that the FBU did not “go down the road” of seeking to obtain protection from changes for members during negotiations as had been provided for the police. Continue reading

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Video update on pensions: FBU set deadline for offer

The FBU has released a new video updating members on the ongoing pensions campaign.

In the clip, Matt Wrack, general secretary, outlines recent developments, including details of a recent meeting with the Treasury of their proposal to change the tax regime to alter the minimum pension age (for tax purposes) from 55 to 57 and its implications for firefighters.

Also discussed is the deadline by which the FBU has asked the government to produce a new offer for firefighters’ pensions.

You can view the clip here.

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