FBU puts employers on notice over pay

FBU members on strike in Essex in 2015

The FBU has warned strike action is in the offing after bosses ruled out a pay rise for firefighters.

The union’s executive council will meet next week to discuss the way forward after talks with the National Joint Council (NJC) offered no increase in pay for firefighters, despite a rise being due on July 1.

In March, members were consulted and overwhelmingly rejected a derisory pay proposal which would have resulted in a ‘non-exhaustive’ list of additional work. Last month at FBU conference, members voted to prepare for industrial action. At the meeting, the union made it clear that this has left them no choice but to urgently consider preparing for a trade dispute and to discuss industrial action with members.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Our members have given us a clear mandate. We will not stand idly by while firefighters are taken for granted at every turn. We are open to dialogue on expanding the role of firefighters, but we are resolutely clear that this must be coupled with a fair and decent pay rise. Today, employers have failed to deliver this.

“We’ll continue talking to employers, but this should be a warning – we have put them on notice. We’ll be urgently discussing the next steps in our campaign, including how we prepare for a trade dispute, and a discussion with members about industrial action.

“The lack of action is insulting to hardworking and dedicated firefighters, who risk their lives to keep communities safe. After a decade of pay restraint, and a real term pay cut, enough is enough. Firefighters need and deserve a pay rise that reflects their expanding skills, knowledge and experience.”

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