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Firefighters bemused at Fire Minister's assertion that FBU have walked away from Talks

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Members may be aware of a letter from DCLG Fire Minister addressed to All Firefighters in England, dated 31st July 2014.

The FBU can confirm that the comment made by the Minister that the FBU have called off talks is entirely inaccurate.  

The FBU has responded to the Minister today by letter making clear the position of the Union and the fact we have not walked away from talks, the union also note the meeting menioned in the Fire Minister's letter scheduled for Thursday 7th August and have reiterated to the Minister that we will be attending the meeting. 

letter from Penny Mordaunt MP -

letter to Penny Mordaunt MP -


Further eight days of strike due to Governments intransigence

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Firefighters issue further eight days of strike action

Firefighters have issued a further eight day period of strike action due to the intransigence and unwillingness of the Westminster Government to produce and offer any sensible proposals to bring the long running pensions dispute to a conclusion.

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.


Industrial Action Short of Strike: 21st July until further notice

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Industrial action short of strike: 21 July until Further notice

Further to circular 2014HOC0390MWwhich set out the dates and times and which members are called upon to take part in industrial action short of a strike, I can now inform you of the forms of action to be taken.

This call to Action Short of Strike applies to all firefighter (i.e. non-control) members in Region 3.

The industrial action short of a strike you are called to take on these dates/times is as set out below.

  • A refusal to undertake voluntary overtime, non-contractual overtime or additional voluntary hours.
  • Members are instructed to adhere to their contract of employment (statement of particulars) including specific, incorporated and implied terms and conditions of service"

The various options for Action Short of Strike will be kept under review and may be subject to change.

Please ensure all members are made aware of this circular and continue to discuss options for this and any future industrial action which may be necessary.


Support for Sacked Firefighter

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Support for Sacked Firefighter

FBU Members will be aware of the ongoing campaign in Hertfordshire, fighting for the reinstatement of Firefighter Ashley Brown who was sacked by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service for alleged gross misconduct.

Ashley Brown, a firefighter of over 25 years exemplary service to the people of Hertfordshire and married father of three – who was summarily dismissed from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on a disputed charge of gross misconduct, two weeks before Christmas last year.

“You may already be aware that firefighters across Hertfordshire share serious misgivings about the handling of Ashley’s case and the fairness of his dismissal.

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There is also an online petition that we are asking people to sign in support of Ashley, then circulate as widely as possible encouraging others to support by signing. 


FBU Response to Pensions Consultation

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FBU response to the consultation on the regulations to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme from April 2015


The FBU has submitted a response to the consultation on the regulations to introduce a new Firefighters’ Pension Scheme from April 2015 which closes today. This response reiterates many of the previous concerns around the government’s proposed scheme for 2015 and explains other areas in more detail.

The submission also included several other documents that are relevant to the response.

The full response and supporting documentation will be available on the FBU website via the following link.

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