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FIREFIGHTERS' PAY: STATEMENT BY THE HOME SECRETARY

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Home Secretary Michael Howard today met local authority fire service employers. Following the meeting, Mr Howard sa...
Home Secretary Michael Howard today met local authority fire service employers. Following the meeting, Mr Howard said: 'Firefighters are expecting special treatment when over three million employees - including doctors, nurses and police officers - have already accepted pay settlements of 1.5 per cent or below.

Only yesterday some 500,000 white-collar council workers voted to accept the offer.'No public sector group this year has been awarded a pay settlement higher than 1.5 per cent.

'There is no justification whatsoever for giving firefighters preferential treatment this year. It is far too early to speculate what will happen in November 1994. There is absolutely no sense in firefighters taking strike action in November 1993 about negotiations which will not take place until November 1994.

'This is especially true given that employers have already offered to meet the formula next year.'
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