Fire Brigades Union

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 11:30am

Motion detail

“That the Assembly notes the answers to the questions asked.

This Assembly also notes that, ahead of recent industrial action, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) not only negotiated in good faith throughout the process but also called off strikes in an effort to bring the dispute to a swift conclusion. However, this Assembly notes that Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt’s failure to work towards a negotiated settlement with firefighters on the issue of pension reform – despite a clear indication that she originally intended to do so – has only inflamed the dispute; a dispute that places the lives of Londoners at risk.

The proposal at the heart of this dispute – that firefighters should work until they are sixty or see their pension reduced – will cut pension payments to the firefighters who routinely risk their lives protecting the capital. This is reflected by the fact that the Government’s review has demonstrated that two-thirds of the workforce would not be able to work beyond 55, given the strenuous demands of the job.

This Assembly believes that the Fire Minister’s desire to ‘take on’ the Fire Brigades Union and reduce pension liabilities has precipitated avoidable industrial action; that this strategy has endangered people and property in London; and, as a consequence, the London Assembly calls on the Mayor

“That the Assembly notes the answers to the questions asked.

This Assembly also notes that, ahead of recent industrial action, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) not only negotiated in good faith throughout the process but also called off strikes in an effort to bring the dispute to a swift conclusion. However, this Assembly notes that Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt’s failure to work towards a negotiated settlement with firefighters on the issue of pension reform – despite a clear indication that she originally intended to do so – has only inflamed the dispute; a dispute that places the lives of Londoners at risk.

The proposal at the heart of this dispute – that firefighters should work until they are sixty or see their pension reduced – will cut pension payments to the firefighters who routinely risk their lives protecting the capital. This is reflected by the fact that the Government’s review has demonstrated that two-thirds of the workforce would not be able to work beyond 55, given the strenuous demands of the job.

This Assembly believes that the Fire Minister’s desire to ‘take on’ the Fire Brigades Union and reduce pension liabilities has precipitated avoidable industrial action; that this strategy has endangered people and property in London; and, as a consequence, the London Assembly calls on the Mayor to lobby his colleagues in Government to resume negotiations with the aim of reaching a fair settlement with the FBU.”

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