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FIREFIGHTERS PREPARE TO HOLD STRIKE BALLOT

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Delegates at the Fire Brigade union yesterday voted to reject a 1.5% pay offer from local government employers, the...
Delegates at the Fire Brigade union yesterday voted to reject a 1.5% pay offer from local government employers, the Financial Times reports (p8).

Mr Ken Cameron, the union's general secretary, said the fire fighter's pay formula that links pay to the upper quartile of male manual workers' earnings must be honoured or a strike ballot would be called.

Employers say it will honour the pay formula in 1994, but cannot do so this year as they are bound to abide by the government's 1.5 % public sector pay limit that expires in November.

The two sides are due to meet on September 24. If this meeting failed to achieve union objectives a strike ballot would be called three days later, said Mr Cameron.

The result of this ballot would be announced on November 1.
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