Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination (Day 4)

Day four of the appeal against age discrimination in the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Thursday 14 December) began with the Government’s defence of the Employment Tribunal’s decision which, their QC said, was more complete and coherent than the Tribunal’s decision in the judges’ case. He...

Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination (Day 3)

Day three of our appeal saw us involved in more complex legal arguments. The QC who represents the senior judges started the day’s proceedings. Having outlined previously why the judges’ case is so different from ours, he now went on to outline how the law applies and why it applies in the same way...

Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination (Day 2)

Yesterday was the second day of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the age discrimination claims made by more than 6,000 firefighters regarding the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme. As our legal team anticipated, the key question was around what flexibility the Government has...

Pensions: Appeal against age discrimination

Members will recall that in March 2017, the FBU filed an appeal seeking to set aside the decision made by the Employment Tribunal in the age discrimination claims made by more than 6,000 firefighters regarding the introduction of the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme. The legal argument is that the...

Challenge and opportunity

Francis Beckett explains how the War and the vision of its general secretary transformed the FBU The Second World War presented Britain’s fire service with its biggest ever challenge – to ensure the country survived a mass bombing campaign over its cities. The solution was to give the FBU its...

Nine weeks of struggle

The first national FBU strike in 1977 established a pay system that was to last decades. Helen Hague explains how and why Forty years ago , firefighters across the UK began their first national strike as anger over low pay bubbled up from the grassroots. The Labour government never really believed...

Grenfell: The tough questions must be asked and answered

The Grenfell Tower fire was an atrocity. The inquiry must not be a whitewash. The 14 of June 2017 will forever be marked as a nightmare date of death and destruction. The accounts of the Grenfell Tower victims are painful to read and listen to. Loved ones speaking to their families for the last...

PTSD: The signs to watch out for

As the tragedy of Grenfell unfolded in front of the nation’s eyes, the bravery of the hundreds of firefighters battling the tower block blaze was there for all to see. What remains unseen however, is the traumatic aftermath for those who waded into the Kensington fire, and the possibility of it...

Grenfell lessons

Action to safeguard the public and firefighters from avoidable death and injury tends to follow disasters like Grenfell Tower. Lessons learned this time must end and reverse decades of ‘deregulation’ that was driven by greed and ignorance, says historian Shane Ewen . The Grenfell Tower disaster...

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