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'FIRE SERVICE REVIEW IS A MEANINGLESS DISTRACTION'

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The government's so-called independent review into the fire ...
The government's so-called independent review into the fire

service will be a meaningless distraction from the current pay

dispute within the fire service. The review will not involve

the key stakeholders within the fire service as the Fire

Brigades Union has categorically stated that they will not get

involved in the review.

The wide-ranging review being undertaken by the government and

the fire service employers' is a complete waste of time and

public money. Reviews of this nature would normally take

between 3-5 years to complete.

Andy Gilchrist, FBU general secretary said: 'This governmental

review will, according to the terms of reference, be a

complete review of the entire UK fire service, including all

operational and training aspects, all fire service

responsibilities and conditions of service for professional

firefighters and emergency fire control staff. A review as

wide-ranging as this, if done properly, would take years to

complete and would have to involve ALL key stakeholders in the

fire service. The review being undertaken by George Bain

cannot and does not involve the key stakeholders and is

therefore a complete sham.

The government has already made clear that there are no

guarantees of extra money to fund any of the recommendations

from this review, which further supports our view that the

review is a meaningless distraction.

Meanwhile, the FBU today released independent

research from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, which sets out

potential savings to the UK economy of up to£3.031bn.

The research entitiled, 'The True Challenge' uses the

government's own figures to show the potential savings to

the UK economy as a whole that can be realised by attaining

the government's published targets in areas such as

community fire safety, arson control and a move to a risk

based approach to fire.

Andy Gilchrist, FBU general secretary said: 'We have said

all along that our£30,000 pay demand could be cost

neutral; these figures now prove that the government could

save the economy up to£3.031bn for a small

investment in the fire service. The government's targets

in the areas of community fire safety, arson control and a

move to risk based fire cover are all supported by the Fire

Brigades Union. These areas can truly modernise our fire

service and there is no need for an inquiry to get this

started.'

Mike Fordham, FBU assistant general secretary said: 'The

FBU now challenges the government to stop presenting public

services as a burden on the economy and start true

investment in public services and public servants to the

benefit of the economy and the public as a whole.'

Notes

* The FBU has separate independent research, which shows

the cost of the FBU's pay demand would be 41p per

household, per week.

* The Cap Gemini Ernst & Young research is available

online.

* The pay claim is for a£30,000 wage for wholetime

professional firefighters and emergency fire control

staff. Pay parity for professional firefighters

working the retained duty system and a new pay formula

to maintain these rates for the future.

* Currently, professional firefighters are paid£21,531

per annum.

* Emergency fire control officers are paid 92% of this

rate.

* Professional retained firefighters are paid

substantially less than their wholetime colleagues

ie£6.20 per hour.

* Currently, firefighters pay is linked to a national

formula which was borne out of the only national

strike ever in the UK fire service, in 1977.

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