Firefighter union slam pay offer
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.”