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FBU and government to use strike negotiations?

Individuals in the FBU may be taking to the picket line in autumn.

03 August 2011

The government may seek strike negotiations with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in an effort to avoid industrial action.

Members of the FBU are considering taking to the picket line in the autumn as a response to proposals about changes to their current pension scheme.

The FBU - which represents 13 regions across the UK - is currently consulting firefighters throughout the country to gauge opinions on the matter.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said: "This pensions robbery is a crude smash and grab raid on firefighter pension rights to help pay for the budget deficit."

He continued by saying the measures proposed have "nothing to do with long-term sustainability or affordability".

Union bargaining may be required in an effort to find a resolution between the two parties, or else mass demonstrations remain a possibility.

Mr Wrack stated that no one is happy with the deal that has been offered.

Posted by Edel Quinn
 

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