to modernisation on BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.
The firefighters 'have challenged all the proposals coming from the Bain
'They continue to defend working practices that are completely indefensible,
such as bans on joint control rooms, bans on mixed crewing and the overtime
ban. These are not the actions of an organisation that seems keen to
He reiterated the government stance that it was refusing to sign a 'blank
cheque' for the local government employers. 'We felt it was crucial to say
to the employers, which was why John Prescott wrote to them yesterday, that
any settlement in excess of the 4 per cent which was on the table, must be
met from modernisation.
'I certainly believe there is enormous scope, with the change in working
practices, to deliver to firefighters a really significant pay increase
along the lines that Sir George Bain proposed'.