UK - The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has vowed to continue to its seven-year battle to win equal pension and sick pay rights for thousands of retained firefighters, following an Employment Tribunal hearing last week.
Retained firefighters, also known as retained duty system (RDS) firefighters, are part-time or on-call professional firefighters who have full-time employment outside of the fire service but respond to emergency calls in their local area when required.
Pete Preston, secretary to the national retained committee at FBU, said: “Professional RDS firefighters are the backbone of the fire and rescue service in many parts of the country and it is absolutely disgraceful that they should be denied equal treatment.
“We will fight this case for RDS firefighters all the way.”
The tribunal considered 12 test cases from a total of 12,000 lodged in 2000 on behalf of firefighters working retained duty across the UK. Any judgement will apply to all 12,000 FBU members working retained duty in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Fire Brigades Union lost its case when a tribunal, appeals tribunal and the appeal court all ruled against complaints that retained workers faced discrimination.
But the House of Lords ruled in favour of the FBU last year allowing the case to be heard again before the Employment Tribunal.
A decision is expected in Spring next year.
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