But FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist blasted fire service chiefs saying:
'It caused widespread unofficial action and wiped out months of hard work trying to rebuild trust and confidence. We had a deal and they broke it without gaining anything but the disgust of the public.
'We have agreed a raft of major changes which have now been delayed by the utter stupidity of fire service employers. This is a period of major change in the fire service but after this many will be questioning the competence of management in actually carrying it out.
'They now need to rethink how they are going to contribute to rebuilding the relationship with their staff which they have left in tatters. And they need to start by recommitting themselves to implementing this agreement in full.'
7% in two stages of 3.5%
13.74% pay rise for retained firefighters to achieve pay parity with whole time crews
An additional 3% for emergency fire control staff backdated to November 2002 bringing their pay rises to a total of 10%
An end to the overtime in conjunction with the introduction of local integrated risk management plans
The removal of barriers to locally agreed duty and shift systems
An additional 4% from July 2004
From 2005 a pay formula tying increases to the average rises of professional workers.