disputed terms in the pay agreement, BBC Radio Four's Today programme
reported this morning.
programme: 'The union doesn't seem to recognise that part of the agreement
last June involved the revision of the national conditions of service'.
The dispute is over the 'stand down system' during night hours. The
employers argue that conditions of service need to be changed so that
firefighters do some work during stand down, such as training or inspection
of premises like hospitals or the London underground, which can be done at
'We are honouring our side of the deal', Sir Jeremy said. 'The deal requires
there to be agreement on the national conditions. There is this outstanding
matter to be resolved'.
The dispute could mean that the Audit Commission rules there has not been
sufficient progress on modernisation and the new pay scheme will not move
ahead, he warned. 'Any further delay here... could in fact cost the
firefighters money which we want them to have', he said.