Fire­fighter union slam pay of­fer

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

FIRE­FIGHTER lead­ers have crit­i­cised a new pay of­fer – even though they say it’s the first to breach the Gov­ern­ment’s 1% cap on pub­lic-sec­tor pay.

The Fire Bri­gades Union said the pro­posed agree­ment is worth 2% on ba­sic pay this year and a po­ten­tial 3% rise from April 2018, with po­ten­tial fur­ther in­creases in 2019 and 2020 with­out any fig­ures be­ing sug­gested.

FBU gen­eral sec­re­tary Matt Wrack said the of­fer showed the 1% pay cap in the pub­lic sec­tor was “dead in the wa­ter”, but he added it was not good enough.

He said: “Fire­fight­ers have en­dured seven years of pay re­straint im­posed by the Gov­ern­ment.

“Their real wages are fall­ing and our mem­bers are strug­gling to make ends meet. Fire­fight­ers have taken on many new roles that are not be­ing recog­nised in their pay.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.