Monday 8 December 2014

Green Party support for firefighters' strike for fair pensions

Shahrar Ali, Green Party depuy leader and Brent Central candidate ,on FBU picket line at Willesden

Firefighters in England will be on 24 hour strike tomorrow from 9am LINK against an 'unfair, unaffordable and unworkable' pension scheme.

The Green Party Trade Union Group have issued the following statement of support:
  The Green Party Trade Union Group sends support to those FBU members who will be striking on Tuesday next. We know that firefighters are dedicated to ensuring public safety and saving lives, so they will not be taking this step lightly. It is absurd, but regrettably not surprising, that the government cannot reach or even approach a settlement to the pensions dispute with the FBU in England whilst settlements and negotiations which the FBU finds more acceptable can proceed elsewhere in the UK.
This is another sad example of the inept and dangerous handling of vital public services by the current government. We hope the firefighters will be able to win the just settlement that they deserve

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