Comments are closed. Talks aimed at settling the firefighters’ pay dispute are expected tocontinue at conciliation body Acas this week. Discussions between Fire Brigades Union officials and representatives fromthe Employers Organisation for Local Government have been on hold over theChristmas period. The talks follow the publication in December of the independent review offire service pay and conditions by Sir George Bain, which calls for HR in thefire service to be radically overhauled. It claims the fire service only payslip service to diversity (over 95 per cent of staff are male), and bullying isstill too widespread. Bain wants the number of local HR staff increased to help managers altershift patterns, the introduction of flexible and part-time working arrangementsand different levels of staff deployed at various times of day. Val Shawcross, chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,said: “The best strategy for providing effective fire cover in a denselypopulated area is very different from that of providing best cover for thebusiness and entertainment capital. We need flexibility to recognise and adaptto those differences.” However, the FBU has dismissed the report as an irrelevance as it proposesonly a 4 per cent pay increase this year, and a further 7 per cent next year –well short of the union’s demand for a 40 per cent pay rise. www.lg-employers.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Firefighters’ pay talks to resumeOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.