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Firefighters demand Cameron take action over Parliament being misled during pensions debate

Firefighters have demanded that the prime minister David Cameron and speaker of the house John Bercow take action over the way that MPs were misled by a government minister in a Parliamentary debate on firefighter pensions. Ministers informed MPs in

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Firefighters confirm 24 hour strike on 25 February after sham pensions’ guarantee. Firefighters and Parliament have been misled, says union

Firefighters in England will strike for 24 hours from 7am on 25 February in a long running dispute with the government over its unworkable pension plans. This latest period of strike action comes after the 2015 firefighters’ pension scheme legislation was

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Video | ‘False claims’ by fire minister sparks strike

In a new video Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, explains how the false claims by the Westminster fire minister Penny Mordaunt has led to firefighters calling a 24 hour strike on 25 February over the long running pensions dispute. Firefighters

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London March and Rally 25th February

Transport will be arranged in the next week speak to your branch reps.  

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Video: Pensions: sham ‘guarantee’ exposed

In this video Matt Wrack FBU general secretary updates members about the ongoing pensions campaign, detailing the responses from the fire service employers to the fire ministers parliamentary ‘guarantee’.

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All members circular [0070MW] Questions and concerns on leaving or not joining the firefighters’ pension scheme

FBU members around the country are still not clear about the details of the 2015 pension scheme and how it could affect them individually. This uncertainty is making some members think about opting out of their scheme or not joining

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Video: questions from FBU members about the 2015 firefighters’ pension scheme

In this video Matt Wrack FBU general secretary answers questions from members about the 2015 firefighters’ pension scheme and whether firefighters should opt out. If you have any questions about the scheme send them to pensions@fbu.org.uk    

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Firefighters seek clarity – government responses add to the confusion

Do Penny Mordaunt and Eric Pickles know the meaning of the word ‘guarantee’? As the imposition of the 2015 pension regulations approaches, firefighters are asking for clarity about their pension situation. The responses so far from DCLG have done nothing

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Transfer restrictions on the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme

The Department of Communities and Local Government have produced a document with information on pension transfer restrictions which will impact members of the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme. These restrictions, which will come into place 6 April 2015, were outlined in the HM

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Pensions: Why the DCLG Minister is wrong about early retirement factors

Dear Brother/Sister In the recent letter from DCLG Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt to Firefighters in England (18 December 2014), the Minister criticises the active early retirement factor method we have been suggesting should be utilised for firefighters retiring at age

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