modernisation in the fire service forward in relation to stand-down time.
After the meeting of the national fire service employers Christina Jebb
'The employers unanimously agreed to put proposals to the FBU in relation to
concerns expressed by them in relation to stand-down time. After a
productive discussion we have come up with a proposed form of words we
believe will at least give both parties the basis for more talks.
'We believe this form of words will address the need for fire fighters to
have reasonable rest periods when they are not required by their fire
authorities to undertake duties at night.
'We are writing to the FBU today detailing our proposed form of words and
wish to meet them as soon as possible to finally resolve this one
outstanding issue. After agreement with the union has been reached then the
outstanding 3.5%, backdated to November 2003, will be paid to fire
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities confirmed that the employers had had a very positive and constructive meeting. That they had unanimously agreed a form of words to present to the FBU. This will be given to the FBU today.
'The employers believe that this takes us forward and should break the log jam which would allow allow release the 3.5 per cent.'
Stand-down time is the period between midnight and 7am during a
typical 15-hour night shift when fire fighters are allowed to respond only
to emergency calls; otherwise they are allowed to 'stand down' (rest).