and firefighters‘ union
leaders are set to meet for fresh pay talks, hoping to avert the threat of a
national strike next month.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said it was "cautiously optimistic" that a
deal could now be done, after negotiations broke down earlier this month.
union claimed local authority employers had turned a "shambles into a
crisis" after a deal to pay firefighters
a 3.5 per cent rise from last November and another 4.2 per cent from last month
was scuppered at the last
row centres on employers wanting bank holidays to be treated as a normal
working day – but the FBU said this could mean extra staff having to work on
public holidays at a cost of £30m a year.
FBU spokesman said: "We don’t want to get wildly enthusiastic because we
have been very close to a settlement before. We are hopeful it will be sorted