United Kingdom -Firefighters back industrial action -September 01, 2013

Members of the Fire Brigades Union have voted in favour of industrial action, in a dispute over pensions. The outcome of this vote could trigger the first national firefighters' strike in more than a decade. FBU members in England, Scotland and Wales were balloted, with 78% of them voting in favour. Under government plans, firefighters in England will get their full pension at 60. Changes to pensions in Scotland and Wales have yet to be settled. FBU says many fire fighters will not be able to maintain fitness standards into their late 50s and this will endanger the public and firefighters.

English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23884078  

http://www.fbu.org.uk/?p=7089

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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