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The complex world of retirement : Pension age for firefighters

by on November 1, 2013

This is interesting. The first two posts on our blog this week related to different occupational groups (judiciary and cabin crew) seeking higher retirement ages. Then today along comes the Fire Brigades Union and announces a strike as the latest development in a dispute over pension ages.

However, unlike judges and flight attendants, firefighters want assurances about their terms of employment against a background of the government plan to raise the retirement age for firefighters from 55 to 60.

As reported here on Sky News, the FBU general secretary, Matt Wrack argues about the physical demands and danger element of their work, saying: “We want a pension scheme that works, that takes account of the job that firefighters actually do, and the Government is completely ignoring the evidence and is expecting firefighters to be working on the frontline, going into burning buildings at 60 or beyond in order to get their pension and that’s simply unrealistic and dangerous.

One of the sticking points seems to be confusion as to whether the latest Government offer included a guarantee that firefighters whose fitness levels declined with age would not face the sack.

If nothing else, this week’s posts illustrate the complex area of occupational retirement/pension ages.

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