Pay offer aims to avert fire service walkout

The UK’s fire brigades have
offered staff a 4 per cent pay rise to stop a national walk out.

The Employers’ Organisation for
Local Government has also offered an independent pay review to avert threatened
pay strike action next month.

Charles Nolda of the Employers’
Organisation said: “We have put forward our proposals to resolve the situation.

"We think a joint approach
for an independent review to look at both sides’ arguments is the way forward.
We do not believe that anyone would wish to strike, thereby putting lives in
jeopardy, when there is an opportunity for a fair and independent inquiry to
resolve this issue.

"We hope that the Fire
Brigade Union will now reconsider and withdraw the threat to strike.”

By
Paul Nelson

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