Firefighters' union meets minister after 8-day strike

After its latest period of strike action, involving eight stoppages, the FBU firefighters' union has agreed to meet the fire service minister to discuss the continuing dispute over changes to the pension scheme. The union has insisted that it has been willing to negotiate throughout the dispute and has sent the minister a letter setting out the key issues which include extra protection for firefighters who have signed up, and paid into, an agreed pension scheme only to see the terms of that scheme change; the increasing costs of the pension scheme that is becoming more unaffordable for members; and the establishment of a fitness and capability working group that will not address the very real issue of firefighters being dismissed for naturally declining fitness, due to age. [Read more at > FBU->]