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PAY-CUT THREAT TO FIREFIGHTERS

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Derbyshire firefighters may lose pay for an entire shift if strikes against budget cuts continue. ...
Derbyshire firefighters may lose pay for an entire shift if strikes against budget cuts continue.

The move comes as the bill for the strikes nears £500,000. The strikes run across two shifts and until now firefighters have been paid for the four-and-a-half hours they are available for work.

But council leader Martin Doughty said that, as they were only available for part of their shift, they were breaching their contracts of employment.

'We think that is unacceptable,' he said. 'The letters make it clear that we do not expect those on strike to report for work on the shifts when strike action is taking place.'
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