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FIRE DISPUTE: EMPLOYERS PROPOSE SOLUTION TO STALEMATE

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Employers met yesterday to decide how to move the process of ...
Employers met yesterday to decide how to move the process of

modernisation in the fire service forward in relation to stand-down time.

After the meeting of the national fire service employers Christina Jebb

issued the following statement:

'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

fighters.'

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.'

Note

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).

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