The pensions scam: Fire Brigades Union General Secretary Andy Gilchrist says the assault on public sector workers' pensions is turning out to be one of the biggest scandals of modern times.(FBU Comment)

From hospital porters and nurses to senior civil servants, the government's detrimental proposals for change involve almost everybody (except judges and politicians!) in the public services. Firefighters and emergency fire control staff are no exception.

Among the changes to the Firefighters Pension Scheme (FPS) being sought by the government there are some that we welcome, including the admission of retained firefighters to the FPS, although we are strongly of the view that emergency fire control operators should be admitted as well. Further, we welcome the proposal to provide survivors' benefits to unmarried partners in the future, but we believe that it is unjust and archaic not to do so for the unmarried partners of current firefighters as well. …

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