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FIREFIGHTERS CLOSE TO PAY DEAL WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES

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Local authority employers seem likely to meet the fire services' pay formula, preventing the threatened dispute, Th...
Local authority employers seem likely to meet the fire services' pay formula, preventing the threatened dispute, The Financial Times reports (p1). Other broadsheets also carry the story.

The pay increase next month may be less than the government's 1.5% public sector ceiling, and is likely to be between 1% and 2%. The Fire Brigades Union was threatening to take action to retain the formula that links firefighters's earnings to the upper quartile of male manual workers, based on the annual New Earnings Survey. The survey, published yesterday, showed a 2.3% increase for this group for the year to April. The paper reports a spokesman for employers as saying that it was good news that this figure was so close to the government's pay limit.

The firefighters' pay formula also takes into account earnings movements from April to November, and an annual survey of firefighters' earnings.

Over the year to April 1993, says the FT, the average pay increase for all employees was 4%, with non-manual pay rising almost twice as fast as manual pay. Public sector pay rose by 4.3% against 4% in the private sector.
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