Fire service employers refuse to budge on pay offer

Fire
service employers are refusing to change the 16 per cent pay deal they have
tabled, as more attempts are made to end the long-running dispute over pay and
modernisation.

Frank
Burchill, independent chairman of the fire service’s negotiating body, is attempting
to broker an agreement between the employer and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

He
said the differences between the two sides was "far less" than they
recognise.

But
the employers claim that the current offer is the only way to deliver the
savings needed to finance a 16 per cent pay increase, taking basic minimum pay
to £25,000 a year.

The
FBU will hold a recall national conference next week to consider its next move.

By Paul Nelson

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