04/11/2003

Firemen begin unofficial strikes over pay

Firefighters are stepping up pressure on national employers over a dispute surrounding a pay deal the union secured after strike action earlier this year.

It has been reported today that some brigades across the UK have instituted unofficial work to rule action, and some are responding only to emergency call outs.

The Fire Brigades Union have claimed that employers intend to withhold a portion of the 7% pay increase agreed in June.

In a statement, the union said: "As late as Friday 31st October the National Employers informed the Union that they were not prepared to pay the 7% in full on 7th November.

"The Executive Council condemns the decision of the Employers and as a consequence of this decision are unable at this time to accept or reject the Joint Position Statement."

The council stated that it would be seeking meetings with employers and would meet again on November 6.

(gmcg)

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