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Jersey firefighters won't be charged legal fees after battle over pension scheme

The Government says in order to move on it will not charge the Fire and Rescue Service Association the £14,011.51 in legal costs. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The Jersey Fire and Rescue Service Association will not have to pay legal fees after they lost their battle with the government over their new pension scheme.

The workers claimed that as changes only applied to people under the age of 48, they were discriminatory.

From the 1 January 2019, firefighters under the age of 48 were moved on to a pension plan based on their average earnings over their career, rather than their final salary. The retirement age was also increased from 55 to 60.

32 firefighters had launched legal challenges, under the island's recently introduced discrimination laws.

However the Employment and Discrimination Tribunal found that a clause in the 2016 regulations exempted pensions as a basis for legal action, so their cases were thrown out.

The Government says in order to move on it will not charge the Fire and Rescue Service Association the £14,011.51 in legal costs.

Jersey firefighters won't be charged legal fees after battle over pensions Credit: ITV Channel TV

My colleagues and I are satisfied that the legal win is sufficient and that taxpayers’ interests have been protected.

We have decided on this occasion not to pursue legal costs and are concentrating on rebuilding our relationship with the FRSA, reflecting the enormous respect we have for our firefighters and the vital work that they do.

– Connétable Richard Buchanan, Deputy Chair of States Employment Board