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FIRE DISPUTE: UNION IN SCOTLAND REJECTS EMPLOYER'S OFFER

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At a meeting of the Fire Brigades Union's Scottish Regional Committee, ...
At a meeting of the Fire Brigades Union's Scottish Regional Committee, the committee condemned the national employers' continued attempts to include elements into negotiations, that are clearly outwith the June 2003 Pay & Conditions Agreement. The Scottish Region unanimously rejects the employer's statement of 20 May.

The committee decided unanimously to support the executive council's recommendation for a Ballot for Industrial Action, on non compliance of the implementation of the June 2003 Agreement. The FBU general secretary will meet with the employers on Monday 24th May to discuss their latest position. The FBU National Executive Council will then meet on 26 May to formally respond to the employers' statement.

On 12 May 2004, the union nationally formally withdrew from the implementation of the June 2003 Pay & Conditions Agreement. The issues in connection to the non-implementation of the June 2003 Agreement and relevant working practices thereof will be raised with chief fire officers in Scotland by FBU brigade officials.

John McDonald, executive council member for Scotland said: 'The position that the employers have taken is utterly ludicrous. It is worse than their previous position and is clearly outwith the parameters of the 2003 Agreement.'

'The employers have been treating our members abysmally over the past year. We have complied fully with the terms laid down in the June Agreement, yet we are still waiting for the promised pay increase from last November.'

'This treatment of firefighters and emergency fire control operators is totally unacceptable and we are left with no other choice except to ballot our members for industrial action.'

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