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FBU Rally to Support Ricky Matthews PDF Print E-mail
Written by Webmaster   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:37

The 9th December 2014 saw a mass FBU rally in support of sacked Firefighter Ricky Matthews, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Ricky was dismissed from employment for undertaking industrial action. Hamspshire FBU members attended the rally in support of Ricky on the day of FBU strikes throughout England. For those who were unable to attend the rally an audio podcast of key speaches has been compiled and available to listen to here:

 

http://www.hantsfbu.org.uk/podcast_videos/FBU_Aylesbury_Rally_09122014.mp3

 

 

 
Fire Chief urges government to negotiate over pensions dispute PDF Print E-mail
Written by Webmaster   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:49

West Midlands chief fire officer Phil Loach has written to members of parliament in the West Midlands urging a negotiated settlement be found to the ongoing firefighters’ pension dispute.

In his letter to the West Midland MPs CFO Loach states that the pension dispute can only be resolved by the Westminster government and cites the continued negotiations in Scotland and Wales which have resulted in no further strike action being called, and in Northern Ireland where the trade dispute has been settled.

Firefighters in England walked out for four consecutive days earlier this month as the minister laid the controversial regulations for the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in parliament.

The CFO also describes that, despite the Westminster government’s repeated assurances that “robust resilience plans are in place”, during strike action fire services are only “one serious incident away from a situation where we would not have the resources to manage” having only 10 – 20 fire appliances available, rather than the regular 60.

West Midlands Fire Service have 519 employees who are currently members of the 1992 scheme and will be required to transfer to the 2015 scheme next April. In order to achieve the same pension at retirement that they originally signed up to they would now have to work an additional 10 years.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The West Midlands CFO is completely right when he says that the dispute can only be resolved by the Westminster government.

“We have provided them with an evidence based case about why the pension regulations are unfair, unaffordable and unworkable.

“They need to start listening to what firefighters and now CFOs have to say.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:52
 
FBU Seeks further talks with Government PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Stone   
Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:13

Dear Members

 

Please find the latest letter from the FBU to Penny Mordaunt here

 

 

As firefighters in England and Wales are halfway through an eight day strike over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union has written again to Penny Mordaunt reminding the Westminster fire minister that firefighters want to resolve this dispute and made clear that a meeting with the minister is the union’s highest priority.

In the letter Andy Dark, FBU assistant general secretary, writes: “FBU negotiators are available to meet any time including prior to and whilst strike action is taking place. Like us, you will have a busy and full diary, however I am certain that other parties who you are scheduled to meet, will recognise the importance of prioritising the joint talks in the same way as those with whom we are due to meet.

“An early meeting will give the necessary assurance to our members, the public and Fire Authorities, that both sides are committed to seeking a conclusion which is satisfactory to both sides and an end to strikes.

“We have been clear to all members, officials and external organisations, that a meeting with the relevant minister is a higher priority than all other appointments and business.”

The union is currently waiting for a response from the minister.

Firefighters in England and Wales are striking for three hours out of every 24 between 1200 – 1400 and 2259 – 2359 until Sunday 17 August in an ongoing dispute over pensions.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:15
 
New Strike Action Announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Stone   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:45

It is with sadness we announce another strike date to fight against this Governments attack on pensions and capability dismissal risks for firefighters in England. At 0900hrs on 09/12/2014 for a period of 24 hours FBU members in Hampshire will undertake industrial action. This will be white watch days and green watch nights.

 
Public Consultation on New Fire Service Pension Scheme PDF Print E-mail
Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:24

Public Consultation on New Fire Service Pension Scheme

Despite no progress in negotiations over the government’s proposals on firefighters’ pensions, the Westminster fire minister, Brandon Lewis, has said that he will start a formal public consultation on the government’s pension changes.

You can find the consultation Here

At present it is not clear exactly what the public will be consulted on and whether all the relevant information will be released.

It’s vital that MPs, fire and rescue authorities, ministers in other parts of the UK, the public and firefighters themselves are fully informed in order to provide genuine feedback.

We know that the government has explored other options and worked out how much they would cost.

Unfortunately none of this information has been made available to the public or to ministers in Wales or Scotland.

How can any such consultation therefore be genuine?

To help ensure the information is released, the FBU has produced a campaign tool enabling firefighters and their supporters to write to their MP.

You can find the tool here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 20:45
 
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