OPPOSITION IS growing among firefighters and emergency control room operators over the latest stage of the pay deal the government forced on them earlier this year. The executive of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has put stage two of the agreement out to consultation. The executive is to reconvene next week to decide whether to accept it.
There is anger among control operators because the union has already agreed the part of the deal covering them without consultation. There are immense concerns on stations over the phasing out of the money firefighters currently receive after 15 years service. An end of the ban on pre-arranged overtime opens the way to longer hours just to make ends meet.
That leads to the nightmare of being at management's beck and call even when you are supposed to be away from work. There will be a mixture of whole time and retained (part time) firefighters, which we as a union have always maintained is unsafe.
Activists are organising to put pressure on their leaders to reject the latest stage of the deal.