An FBU picket outside Sprowston fire Station, Norwich, in November 2013. Photo by Roger Blackwell The FBU has written to Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt in a renewed attempt to persuade her to open a dialogue to resolve its long-running pensions dispute. …

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An FBU picket outside Sprowston fire Station, Norwich, in November 2013. Photo by Roger Blackwell

An FBU picket outside Sprowston fire Station, Norwich, in November 2013. Photo by Roger Blackwell

The FBU has written to Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt in a renewed attempt to persuade her to open a dialogue to resolve its long-running pensions dispute.

In the letter FBU assistant general secretary Andy Dark 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.

Firefighters in England and Wales are halfway through eight days of action which sees them striking between 12 and 2pm, and 10.59 and 11.59pm until Sunday.

“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.

– See more at: http://union-news.co.uk/2014/08/minister-fbu-waits-mourdant-help-resolve-pensions-dispute/#sthash.QXA1pXp1.dpuf


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