The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has finally won an eight-year long legal battle to ensure part-time “retained” firefighters have the same pensions and sick pay rights as their full-time colleagues.
The judgement at a Croydon employment tribunal last week will have implications for all part-time workers, since it establishes their right to equal treatment with full-time workers over a range of issues.
The tribunal judgement is based on principles set out by the House of Lords earlier in the case in March 2006. The FBU’s marathon legal battle started in 2000, when it lodged 12,000 employment tribunal cases on behalf of retained firefighters.
“We can’t have firefighters at the same incidents, doing the same job, with one group being discriminated against,” said Matt Wrack, the union’s general secretary.
“A firefighter is a firefighter – we take the same risks at the same incidents and we deserve the same equal treatment.
“The FBU has ended the practice of firefighters who had served their communities for up to 30 years being denied a pension.”