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FBU Ring Of Fire Tour - Portsmouth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Stone   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:03

 
FBU Ring Of Fire Tour - Portsmouth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Stone   
Friday, 12 September 2014 17:47

The FBU have organised a national tour with guest speakers, and it is coming to a city near you!! (Portsmouth, to be precise!)

Please come and support this event, remember, that is the new Fire Ministers constituency!

Date and Venue....Tuesday 30 September – Portsmouth – Guildhall, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB

More details to follow.......

Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 18:05
 
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
 
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
 
Firefighters call more strikes after government refuses compromise on pensions attacks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Stone   
Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:12

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.

In Scotland there will be a ban on voluntary overtime between noon on Friday 2 May and noon on Friday 9 May.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”

Negotiations between the FBU and the Department for Communities and Local Government — as well as the devolved governments — have been taking place for three years, and since the last strike on 3 January 2014, both the union and government have undertaken work examining financial, technical and legal issues.

Following the last meeting of the union’s executive council on 9 and 10 April, the union wrote to the minister saying that if they hadn’t received any proposals by 24 April, they would conclude that the government was unwilling or unable to offer any improvement.

In a letter dated 23 April, the Westminster fire minister, Brandon Lewis, commended the way in which the union had engaged with government on several fronts, but did not present any new proposals.

As a result, at a meeting on Thursday 24 April the union’s executive council unanimously decided to take further industrial action.

At a recent meeting Treasury officials confirmed that that there is no central government obstacle to new proposals from the DCLG.

Over recent weeks the FBU has met with ACAS, the organisation devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes, where union officials outlined their concerns and frustration with the lack of any progress.

Although during negotiations the Westminster fire minister assured firefighters that he would seek to address the threat of firefighters being sacked merely for getting older, there has been no change in the government’s position.

Recently, the FBU was forced to correct the minister’s claims in the House of Commons that the union had never sought to protect its members from pension changes.

While negotiations were continuing, the government imposed a third annual increase in firefighters’ pension contributions, taking them to 14.2% for most firefighters, one of the highest in the public or private sector, and issued proposals for a fourth year increase for many.

In August last year, firefighters voted by 78% for strike action

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:13
 
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