Local authority employers are considering breaking the government's 1.5% public sector pay limit in order to avert ...
Local authority employers are considering breaking the government's 1.5% public sector pay limit in order to avert a national firefighters' strike, reports The Times (September 25 p1).
The Fire Brigades Union has decided to hold a strike ballot in ten day, after pay talks reached deadlock yesterday (Friday). But local authorities believe the cost of a strike would be too great, industrial editor Philip Bassett reports.
The employers will tell Home Secretary Michael Howard next week that they intend to honour the pay formula for firefighters next year, 1994-95. But they are also considering meeting the pay formula this year and breaking the government's 1.5% pay ceiling.
The Ministry of Defence has told them that councils, not the government, will have to pay for all emergency cover during the whole period of a strike, says the paper. Local authorities calculate this would cost more than the £7 million additional cost of keeping to the pay formula.