UK - Firefighters have told the government that they will fight any attempts to either increase the retirement age or cut their pension benefits.
The warning comes ahead of the government’s White Paper on reforming the operations of the fire service.
The FBU said that it would be forced to take action, if the government tries to reform the fire service along the lines recommended by the Bain Review on their pay and conditions.
The review said the government must find ways to let firefighters work longer, as the current pension scheme discourages people from working beyond 50.
It also claimed that because the current pension scheme’s ill-health retirement benefits are so good, people chose to retire early, rather than be redeployed.
FBU executive council member Mick Shaw warned: “The worst-case scenario here is making us work longer.
“The retirement age of 55 is reasonable for a firefighter, but the idea of a 60 year-old or older fighting fires is not.
“And obviously, we will resist any reduction in the benefits we currently receive.”
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