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FIRE DISPUTE: 'YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT BY DIEHARD COUNCILLORS TO DERAIL A DEAL'

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The Fire Brigades Union today angrily slammed claims it had raised new objections in pay talks as another lie by co...
The Fire Brigades Union today angrily slammed claims it had raised new objections in pay talks as another lie by councillors. The union also condemned attacks on firefighters working on Christmas Day and other public holidays.

FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist said: 'This is yet another attempt by diehard councillors to derail a deal. We reached agreement and they have come back demanding another late change over public holiday working.

'On those days -like Christmas Day - the agreement is we carry out detailed safety checks to ensure operational readiness. This is in addition to risking our necks putting out fires and dealing with road crashes or flooding when most people are relaxing with their families.

'These are cheap, unworthy comments you would expect from councillors who clearly have no idea how the fire service operates. The public will be disgusted by these claims which are meant to insult and antagonise those who work in a highly regarded public service.

'Voters can give their verdict on Thursday on the actions and comments of these councillors when they will be held to account. The union will consider its next moves at its executive council meeting on Tuesday.'

See also FIRE PAY - EMPLOYERS READY TO SEAL THE DEAL AND RELEASE OUTSTANDING 3.5% PAY RISE(Employers' Organisation)

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