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Call for firefighters’ pension talks to restart
9:18am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
THREE York councillors have called on the Government to reopen talks with a firefighters’ union as a pensions dispute sparks the threat of a strike and fears over public safety.
Coun Ken King, vice-chairman of the North Yorkshire Fire Authority, and fellow York representatives Couns Neil Barnes and Fiona Fitzpatrick have written to the fire minister, Brandon Lewis, to show concern at what they say is a “lack of dialogue” between Westminster and the Fire Brigades Union.
The union is balloting for industrial action over reforms to firefighters’ pensions, with the result expected by the end of the month.
Coun King, who also leads the fire authority’s Labour group, said: “It is of huge concern to my fellow York Labour representatives and I that talks have broken down, resulting in the threat of a major strike. The FBU have clearly stated they would want to avoid industrial action and ensure firefighters have a fair, affordable and attainable pension.
“A breakdown in talks does the Government no favours and threatens public safety.”
Coun King said York councillors had been approached by the FBU over the issue and Mr Lewis had yet to respond to their letter.
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