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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.

Read more: http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Cheshunt-and-Waltham/Union-supporters-rally-behind-sacked-Cheshunt-firefighter-Ashley-Brown-20140710073000.htm#ixzz379DtJ6M8

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.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-cheshunts-ashley-brown 

 

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.

 

http://www.fbu.org.uk/resources/fbu-response-consultation-regulations-introduce-new-firefighters-pension-scheme-april-2015/

 

Further Dates announced for industrial action

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION: PENSIONS IN THE FIRE SERVICE

Call for Industrial Action

In addition to the 9 hours of industrial action taking place on Thursday 10th July further dates and times have been called by the Fire Brigades Union for industrial action by firefighters in England & Wales, it is confirmed that discontinuous strike action will commence and terminate at the times and on the date specified below:

Commencing 14 July 2014 from 06.00 hours until 14 July 2014 at 08.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 14 July 2014 from 17.00 hours until 14 July 2014 at 19.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 15 July 2014 from 06.00 hours until 15 July 2014 at 08.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 15July 2014 from 17.00 hours until 15 July 2014 at 19.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 16 July 2014 from 06.00 hours until 16 July 2014 at 08.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 16 July 2014 from 17.00 hours until 16 July 2014 at 19.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 17 July 2014 from 06.00 hours until 17 July 2014 at 08.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 17 July 2014 from 17.00 hours until 17 July 2014 at 19.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 18 July 2014 from 06.00 hours until 18 July 2014 at 08.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 18 July 2014 from 23.00 hours until 19 July 2014 at 01.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 19 July 2014 from 11.00 hours until 19 July 2014 at 13.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 19 July 2014 from 23.00 hours until 20 July 2014 at 01.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 20 July 2014 from 17.00 hours until 20 July 2014 at 19.00 hours –strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 21 July 2014 from 06.00 hours until 21 July 2014 at 08.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 21July 2014 from 17.00 hours until 21 July 2014 at 19.00 hours – strike action (all firefighter members).

Commencing 21July 2014 from 19.00 hours until further notice – industrial action short of a strike (all firefighter members).

These are the times/date which have been determined upon. We hope the matter will then be resolved. If not, further dates in respect of this ongoing strike action will be notified once determined. Members in England and Wales (except control members *) are now called upon to take discontinuous strike action at and not earlier than the date and times specified above and on any further dates to be so notified.

* NB. Control member includes those who have been transferred from control duties but remain eligible for the same pension schemes as control members.

 

Firefighters to join mass strike action on 10 July

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Firefighters to join mass strike action on 10 July

Firefighters in England and Wales will join hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers taking strike action on Thursday 10 July, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

The long-running dispute over firefighters’ pensions will see a further day of strikes at the same time as a walk out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.

The strike will last between 10am and 7pm and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign. The union is also expected to announce further action later this week.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.

“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues in other unions on 10 July.“The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions.“If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”

It is estimated that as many as two million workers will take strike action.

The firefighters’ dispute has continued for months as the FBU says firefighters are facing the imposition of a pension that ignores the physical demands of the job they do.

Wrack said, “Despite endless assurances they have done precisely nothing to address the threat to firefighters as their fitness declines in their 50s.“Firefighting is a dangerous and physically demanding job which requires specific fitness standards.“It is obvious to everyone that it is more and more difficult to meet those standards in your 50s compared to your 20s.”Firefighters in that position face a stark choice of being sacked or losing half their pension.“This is outrageous and all the claims that the government values our firefighters have been exposed as an utter lie.“They need to wake up to the fact that we are not going away and we will be continuing our fight for pension justice.”

The government in N Ireland recently offered firefighters a retirement age of 55, and the FBU says this demonstrates that the Westminster government’s position is not justified by evidence or lack of affordability.

The FBU recently launched a legal challenge against the government’s proposals, saying they have received legal advice that reducing the pensions available to firefighters by different amounts depending on when they retire after 55 amounts to age discrimination.

A recent academic report on firefighter fitness by the University of Bath undermined the government’s proposals by arguing that higher fitness levels are required for the job than those used by the government to defend the idea of firefighters working until 60.

 
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