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Following a democratic consultation with members, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has today rejected the recent pay offer put forward by the national employers of the fire and rescue service.
The offer of an immediate 2% rise came with a whole host of strings which included the continuation of the current trials of emergency medical responding (EMR) and other, new work in the fire and rescue service. These trials will now come to an end on 18 September 2017. The funding of this work has never been confirmed by government.
A lack of clarity in the employers’ proposals, uncertainty about funding arrangements and concerns about the details of some of the new areas of work under consideration in the trials all contributed to members deciding not to accept the offer, the union says.
Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: “Firefighters, along with all other public sector workers, have suffered hugely as a result of the government’s pay policy. The offer fails to clearly address the pain our members have experienced as a result of years of falling real wages.
“The union is deeply concerned that a lack of detail on how the offer would be funded has led to the rejection. If a pay rise is funded through cuts to frontline fire services and job losses, this is clearly unacceptable.
“The failure of a number of fire and rescue services to address operational, safety, training and welfare concerns that firefighters participating in the trials have raised is deeply worrying.”
As part of the consultation, each union branch held a meeting with members being asked to vote on whether to accept the pay offer and continue the trials while funding was being negotiated or to reject the offer and consider other options.

A packed fringe meeting held by the Trade Union Coordinating Group at the TUC Congress in Brighton this week heard from General Secretaries Matt Wrack (FBU),Mark Serwotka (PCS), Mick Cash (RMT), Steve Gillan (POA) amd UCU President Elect Vicy Knight all argued for coordinated action to scrap the public sector pay cap.

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The meeting also heard from striking BFAWU members at McDonald's, taking action for a £10 living wage, an end to zero hours contracts and for trade union rights.

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