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My thoughts on the firefighters’ pension dispute

I was shocked to see that the Fire Minister had failed to provide a new deal, despite the FBU calling off strikes and negotiating in good faith. Most people following the dispute, believed that the change Fire Minister and her new approach meant that a new deal was likely. Indeed, Penny Mordaunt, the Fire Minister had indicated this in her open letters during these negotiations over the last two months.

It is clear now, that the Union and their members feel that the only way in which they can make their voice heard is through taking strike action. The proposal at the heart of the dispute, that firefighters should work until they are sixty, or face a reduced pension if they are forced to retire early, is a cruel assault on those who put their lives at risk to protect the public.

 

We all want to see an end to this dispute and my colleague, Fiona Twycross AM has written to the Mayor to use his influence to persuade the Government to sit down with the FBU and reach an agreed settlement.

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30th October 2014