Firefighters in Wales have won a landmark legal action over pay and pensions in a case that could have wider implications for tens of thousands of workers across the public sector.

On Friday, the High Court ruled that firefighters in Wales were entitled to have the additional pay they received for working extended hours, or taking on additional duties, be considered “pensionable”.

Currently, pay for working beyond core hours is not considered when the employer is working out pension contributions for the firefighter.

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority had argued that allowances for working extended hours, or additional duties, were not pensionable as they were not permanent

But the High Court found these arrangements were pensionable.

“This is major victory for firefighters,” said Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union general secretary.

“When a firefighter regularly carries out additional paid work, that pay should be factored into their pension, regardless of whether it is part of their core role. The government must act now to ensure that firefighters across the country have these payments included in the calculation of their pensions.”

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has been ordered to pay pension contributions retrospectively. The Authority was contacted for comment and has not yet indicated if it will appeal against the ruling.

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