Humberside’s FBU warning over pension changes

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Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by KCFM

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Humberside Fire Brigades Union’s warning changes to pensions being brought in today could be a safety risk.

Despite industrial action in recent months, the FBU says the government’s been refusing to negotiate and is now simply imposing the changes.

Richard Walker, who’s the Humberside’s FBU brigade secretary, says:

“At the moment firefighters can retire at 55, and they’re now bring forced to work until 60. The Government’s own review showed that most firefighters won’t be able to maintain their fitness to that age, and so we do have safety concerns with regard to aging firefighters attending fires.

“The changes to pension regulations have obviously worsened the conditions of firefighters, so as far as morale goes, that’s going worse and worse throughout the fire service.”

Increasing the pension age from 55 to 60 could mean firefighters aren’t at peak fitness at the end of their careers.

Richard says the government’s ignored their concerns:

“The Government have refused to change anything in the pension scheme that we’ve asked for, and that’s why we’ve failed to reach an agreement and, in effect, the Government are now imposing the new pension regulations upon us.”

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Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by KCFM

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