Part-timers could claim equal benefits to full-time staff. By Dawn Smith

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Part-time workers across the UK could be entitled to the same pension rights and benefits as full-timers, following a judgement this week by the House of Lords.

The Law Lords upheld an appeal by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), in a test case involving 12 retained (part-time) firefighters from Kent and Berkshire who had been battling for equal pension and other employment rights. The case centred on the exclusion of retained firefighters from the Firefighters' Pension Scheme and worse treatment under the sick pay scheme.

Previously, the Employment Tribunal had rejected the FBU's claim that retained firefighters should be entitled to the same benefits as full-time staff. That decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal, but in its landmark judgement on Wednesday, the Law Lords ruled that retaine...

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