Union accuses the government of “blatantly misleading” MPs

FBU picketThe long-running pensions dispute between firefighters and the government is set to continue, with the FBU announcing it is to hold a further 24-hour strike.


The union has already held a series of strikes throughout the winter after the government said it would increase firefighters’ pensions contributions whilst raising the retirement age from 55 to 60 years.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Firefighters in England will strike for a 24 hour period in the coming weeks. We will finalise details soon.

“Firefighters are outraged at the behaviour of the Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt and her boss Eric Pickles, who misled Parliament by falsely claiming that they had introduced a statutory guarantee that a firefighter failing a fitness test through no fault of their own would receive a full and unreduced pension.

“After investigation, it is now clear beyond doubt that no fire service employer agrees that any such guarantee exists. The response from the fire service employers have shown very clearly that Parliament has been misled to allow the government to force through attacks on firefighter pensions.

“Firefighters cannot accept these pension changes as they take no proper account of the real work firefighters do. It is outrageous that the only way the government could win a vote on this is by blatantly misleading MPs.”

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