FBU considers appealing ET pension decision

ET employment tribunal

ET employment tribunalThe FBU is considering appealing yesterday’s Employment Tribunal decision over firefighters’ pensions.

The Tribunal ruled that forcing firefighters to work until they were aged 60 did not discriminate on the grounds of age, sex or race.

The union will consider the reasons for the decision with their legal team in the near future, and will then make a decision whether or not to appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “This is obviously very disappointing. Our lawyers believed that we have a strong case and that remains their view. A differently constituted Tribunal considered a parallel claim regarding the Judicial Pension Scheme, and reached the opposite conclusion a month ago.

“We have always known that this would be a long fight and we anticipated that the case would be appealed by the government if we had won.

“We regard the transitional arrangements, which force younger firefighters into having to work on to age 60 are totally unrealistic. We will pursue the argument for our members in whatever venue is likely to deliver us the correct result.”

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