The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain

Week commencing 19th April 2019

firefighters pay

by New Worker correspondent

LAST WEEK members of the fire Brigades Union (FBU) voted overwhelmingly, 97 per cent to be precise, to reject a controversial management proposal that would have seen locally imposed expansion of a firefighter’s role. The union argued that the “non-exhaustive” list of proposed duties could have allowed local employers to expand a firefighter’s role at will and without boundaries.

The FBU warned that the National Joint Council (NJC) proposal of a 13.57 per cent rise over the next three years was worthless, there was no guarantee that firefighters would actually be paid such an increase because employers had not received any indication that the government was willing to provide the necessary funding.

firefighters have already taken on many additional non-fire roles, such as water rescues and the operation of aerial drones as well as the traditional one of rescuing cute kittens from trees. At present various fire and rescue services pay different amounts, or don’t pay at all, for this type of work.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “Our members have made their feelings loud and clear, and employers must now listen. What this ballot has proven beyond doubt is the anger that FBU members feel at this insulting proposal. The employers have to recognise that any plan to introduce open ended contracts is dead in the water. “Its now time for the employers to get back to the negotiating table to develop a serious, professional and sustainable pay proposal for FBU members.”