The Fire Brigades Union's position remains unchanged in that we are demanding£30,000 per year for professional firefighters and emergency fire control staff. Also,£13.74 for every hour worked for professional firefighters working the retained duty system with an annual retaining fee of£7,500.
'Last week 12,000 members marched through London to Trafalgar Square in total support of our pay campaign. Firefighters and emergency fire control staff know they have the full support of the public in this dispute with their employers.
'We have made it clear time and time again that we do not want confrontation over this issue, but we are not prepared to continue seeing firefighters working 42 hours a week serving the public and then having to claim state benefits.
'We have a unanimous mandate from our annual conference to ballot our members for national strike action if our demands are not met. If our employers refuse to listen to our demands, we have no choice other than to use this mandate.'