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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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Pensions – background statement from the Executive Council

Dear Brother/Sister Please find below a Statement from the Executive Council provided to assist in the discussion in preparation for the Recall Conference. It should be read in conjunction with the Statement to the Recall Conference issued last week. Attacks

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Action Short of Strike for Scottish Members

Dear Brother/Sister You will be aware that following the debate in the House of Commons on 15 December 2014, the union has been seeking clarification on a number of statements made by members of the Westminster government. One of the

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All members Circular from Matt Wrack-Urgent request for information regarding my firefighter pension entitlement

Dear Brother/Sister I have this week written to all Fire Authority Chairs in England and Wales asking them for clarity in relation to firefighter pensions. This followed the House of Commons debate that took place on 15 December 2014 in

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The demonstration in Aylesbury for Ricky Matthews sacked for taking legitimate strike action

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Industrial Action

By now we are sure you are all aware of the recent announcement of strike action. The 4 days of strike will run from 18:00 on Friday 31st October until 18:00 on Tuesday 4th November. It is extremely disappointing that

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Pension Latest – Outrage!

Executive Council interim statement – 23 October 2014 This statement is issued to update FBU members on the latest discussions with Penny Mordaunt, DCLG Fire Minister. The Executive Council is still in session and will be discussing our next steps this

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Matt Wrack to visit Leeds and Wakefield

The FBU General Secretary, Matt Wrack, will be in Leeds on Saturday 3rd May, speaking at the Trades Council May Day Rally at Victoria Gardens in the city centre. The march and rally starts at 11:30am and many FBU members

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! URGENT ! Buying Back Your Pension Contributions During Strike Action

We understand that members in some fire and rescue services have been informed by their employer that they will not be given an opportunity to buy back their contributions until after the conclusion of the trade dispute and at that

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