A grievance appeal panel has conceded that South Wales Fire and Rescue Service treated firefighters unfairly when they reduced a compensation package to be paid for three years instead of five.
The compensation package was paid as a result of downgrading Cowbridge fire station, where the firefighters worked, from Day Crewing to RDS.
An existing agreement between the Fire Brigades Union and fire service gives firefighters a non-detrimental package for five years in order to cover increased travelling costs and loss of potential earnings.
Jo Byrne, chair of the FBU in South Wales, said: â€œThis is a wonderful victory for FBU members not only at Cowbridge fire station but in the service as a whole.
â€œAll firefighters should be treated fairly by the service and Cowbridge members have now been awarded what is rightfully theirs.â€
Cowbridge fire station was the last Day Crewed station to be downgraded as part of South Wales Fire and Rescue Servicesâ€™ Risk Reduction Plan.
Firefighters from all the stations closed beforehand were given full packages that would run for five years.
The appeal hearing on 11 December 2014, overturning a previous ruling, concluded that firefighters had been treated unfairly by having their non-detrimental package reduced from five to three years.
Firefighters from Cowbridge fire station will now receive two further years of payments.
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