The Fire Brigades Union has criticised English ministers for failing to implement pension rights for retained firefighters, which were won following a court ruling five years ago.
The FBU says that governments are pressing ahead with attacks on firefightersâ€™ existing rights, but have endlessly delayed introducing improvements required by law.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said: â€œIt is appalling that retained firefighters are still waiting for their pension rights five years after winning the legal battle. Itâ€™s incredible that the Westminster government can find time and resources to attack firefightersâ€™ pension benefits and increase our contributions, but when it comes to introducing a scheme for our members and complying with the ruling they have completely failed. It is an insulting betrayal of retained firefighters.
â€œThe Department for Communities and Local Government in England is dragging its feet and administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are doing nothing about it either.
â€œWe are demanding ministers get off their backsides and make sure retained firefighters are treated with the professionalism and respect they deserve.â€
On 5 March 2008 the FBU won a huge victory for firefighters who work the retained duty system. This legal victory took eight years to achieve and meant that part-time (retained) firefighters could retrospectively access a firefighter pension scheme with benefits on a par with those of full-timers.
After five years of delay the scheme still has not been implemented anywhere in the UK.