The impact of industrial action on your Firefighters’ pension scheme contributions
As any period of absence from your work place due to industrial action is regarded as ‘non-pensionable’, no scheme contributions are deducted for any period of time you spend on strike. As a consequence, any time lost through industrial action is not included in your benefit calculations.
There is provision in the 2006 and 2015 schemes to pay back contributions directly relating to strike days, however this must be done within 6 months from the actual strike day. There are also other options to increase your benefits that you may want to consider following a prolonged period of industrial action.