Part-time firefighters gain pension rights

Part-time firefighters are set to receive pensions and sick pay for the first time, following a landmark legal victory.

The House of Lords ruling will allow 18,000 retained firefighters – who are on call for up to 168 hours a week – to join the brigade’s pension scheme.

Twelve retained firefighters originally brought the case – but the outcome will affect all retained workers in the service.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) leaders said it was a “momentous decision” which followed a five-year legal battle.

It could also pave the way to improved rights for hundreds of thousands of part-time workers in other industries.

The union had argued that retained firefighters should be entitled to the same pension and sick pay rights as full-time firefighters.

The government and local authorities that contested the case now face six-figure legal costs.


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