FBU members at Lancaster Road in Leicester FBU general secretary Matt Wrack has written to all members saying the union will exert “legal, political and industrial pressure” on politicians to end the long-running pensions dispute. The union has already …

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FBU members at Lancaster Road in Leicester

FBU members at Lancaster Road in Leicester

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack has written to all members saying the union will exert “legal, political and industrial pressure” on politicians to end the long-running pensions dispute.

The union has already taken eight day’s strike action over pensions because they are concerned members will be sacked if they are deemed unfit to work as they approach 60.

The FBU has this year met with Fire Minister Brandon Lewis in a bid to resolve the dispute but is now concerned at the government’s lack of urgency.

Matt Wrack wrote to members at the weekend, saying: “We are aware of the tight timescale we face in relation to pensions as the New Year commences. There are no guarantees that talks or evidence submitted will result in any movement from ministers.

“In that case we are very clear the union would have to return to industrial action and consider all options and all tactics available to us.

“We hope that discussion will lead to progress but ask members to prepare in any case for further action should it be necessary.”

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