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£1.5M IN CUTS DROPPED AS ESSEX FIRE DISPUTE RESOLVED

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The three-week long industrial action by Essex firefighters has ended, with a settlement which will see planned cut...
The three-week long industrial action by Essex firefighters has ended, with a settlement which will see planned cuts of£1.5m to the service dropped.

Reported in the East Anglia Daily Times (p8), the settlement agreed by the Essex Fire Authority and Fire Brigades Union, includes no cuts to staff, appliances or stations, more money for training and the scrapping of a planned fire service review.

There is also a commitment that budget savings will not affect the pay, conditions, health or safety of fire officers.

County Liberal Democrats leader Ken Jones denounced the deal, saying it would lead to cuts in other council areas and force the county's budget to be built around the fire service.

But Essex FBU chairman Barry Downey said the previous settlement would have unreasonably jeopardised the health and safety of staff, and public safety.
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