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    UK fire union to hold more pay talks
    LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - British fire union chiefs said on
    Monday they will hold more talks this week on plans to delay a
    wage rise reached after a lengthy dispute.
    The Fire Brigades Union said its leaders would meet again on
    Thursday after a day of talks on Monday to discuss proposals to
    stagger their pay rise.
    "The executive council condemns the decision of the
    employers," the FBU said in a statement.
    The union was reacting to a decision by their local
    authority employers to delay the payment of an agreed seven
    percent pay rise due this Friday.
    Employers told the union they would only pay half the rise,
    citing a clause in the agreement to end this year's pay strike
    which linked increase to a verification of changes to working
    practices.
    The union said employers had previously given the impression
    the raise would be paid in full. The verification, by the
    government's Audit Commission, will not start before January.
    Employers told the FBU they would pay a 3.5 percent rise
    this Friday, with the balance paid in arrears once the Audit
    Commission had completed its work.
    Britain's 55,000 firefighters first walked out on strike in
    November last year after the government rejected their initial
    demand for a 40 percent pay rise.
    In June, they voted to settle for a 16 percent rise, but not
    before they hit the picket lines several more times, forcing the
    government to call upon the army and their ageing "Green
    Goddess" engines to provide cover.
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    LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Firefighters at a limited number
    of stations in England and Scotland began an unofficial work to
    rule in protest at a delay to a promised pay agreement, their
    union and emergency services said on Tuesday.
    Areas hit by the action included Humberside, Norfolk and
    Fife, force officials said.
    "Nationally, we believe there is sporadic, unofficial and
    unlawful industrial action undertaken by certain members of the
    fire brigade union," a spokesman for Grampian fire service told
    Reuters, adding that his force was unaffected.
    The union said firefighters taking part in the action were
    only dealing with emergency calls.
    Scottish Fire Brigades Union Regional Treasurer Jock Munro
    told Reuters firefighters were angry that employers had cut a
    seven percent pay rise due from this Friday to 3.5 percent.
    But a spokeswoman for the local authorities which employ the
    firefighters said the union was deliberately misleading its
    members.
    Jules Crighton said the full seven percent would be paid and
    backdated once employers were sure changes in working practices
    had been implemented as agreed under a pay settlement drawn up
    to end this year's lengthy fire strike.
    FBU leaders on Monday night refused to sign the settlement,
    which ushers in sweeping reforms to fire brigade working
    practices in exchange for a phased 16 percent pay rise.
    The leaders will meet again on Thursday to discuss the
    employers' plan to stagger their pay rise.
    Britain's 55,000 firefighters walked out on strike in
    November last year after the government rejected their initial
    demand for a 40 percent pay rise.
    In June, they voted to settle for the 16 percent offer, but
    not before they walked out several more times, forcing the
    government to call upon the army and their ageing "Green
    Goddess" engines to provide cover.
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    LONDON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Fresh talks take place on
    Wednesday between the firefighters' union and employers in a
    bid to thrash out an agreement to end an unofficial work to
    rule by some firefighters.
    Wildcat strikes have hit parts of Britain because some
    firefighters are protesting at a delay to a promised pay
    agreement.
    "We expect it to be a fairly long meeting and we want it
    away from the media glare," said a spokesman for the Fire
    Brigades Union (FBU).
    In many of the affected areas the striking firefighters are
    only dealing with emergency 999 calls.
    The dispute revolves around a pay deal agreed in June that
    gave a phased 16 percent pay increase in exchange for reforms
    in working practices.
    The firefighters argue employers have cut a seven percent
    rise due this Friday to 3.5 percent while the employers say the
    full seven percent will be paid and backdated once they are
    sure the work practice changes have been implemented.
    On Monday night FBU leaders refused to sign the settlement
    and are due to meet on Thursday to discuss the employers' plan
    to stagger the pay rise.
    Britain's 55,000 firefighters walked out on strike in
    November last year after the government rejected their initial
    demand for a 40 percent pay rise.
    Protracted negotiations were interspersed with several
    walkouts which forced the government to call upon the army and
    their ageing "Green Goddess" fire engines to provide cover.

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    Union urges UK firefighters to halt wildcat action
    LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Leaders of Britain's Fire Brigades
    Union on Thursday called on firefighters to halt unofficial
    industrial action sparked by disagreements over the terms of a
    pay deal.
    After a seven-hour meeting FBU leaders told members to stop
    the unofficial action ahead of a further meeting of the union's
    executive council on Monday.
    Firefighters at a number of forces across Britain this week
    have been answering only emergency calls.
    The dispute revolves around a pay deal agreed in June
    between employers and the union that gave a phased 16 percent
    pay increase in exchange for reforms in working practices.
    The firefighters argue employers have cut a seven percent
    rise due on Friday to 3.5 percent, while the employers say the
    full seven percent will be paid and backdated once they are sure
    the changes in working practices have been implemented.
    "The ball is firmly in the employers' court," John
    MacDonald, a senior union official, told Reuters.
    Britain's 55,000 firefighters walked out on strike in
    November last year after the government rejected their initial
    demand for a 40 percent pay rise.

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    Union says firefighters vote to strike at Glasgow airport
    LONDON (AP) - Firefighters at Glasgow airport in Scotland have
    voted to strike in protest over safety issues, union officials said
    Friday.
    BAA PLC, which runs the airport, said the strike planned to
    begin Jan. 29 would not affect travel plans.
    The Transport and General Workers' Union said its members would
    walk out starting midday Jan. 29 because of plans to stop the
    Scottish airport's firefighters dealing with incidents within the
    terminal. The union said a new plan, under which the local fire
    brigade responds to incidents at the terminal, response times would
    increase from two to 14 minutes.
    "We have been forced into taking strike action by a management
    which is not prioritizing safety," said regional officer Donald
    Munro.
    Union members voted by 50 to 7 in favor of the open-ended strike
    action, after talks at the conciliation service ACAS failed to
    resolve the dispute.
    A BAA spokesman denied saftey issues were at the root of the
    strike. He said airport authorities had decided to retire a fire
    engine, as it was no longer needed for incidents "land side." The
    four-member crew had been sent to join colleagues responsible for
    airfield safety, leading to a drop in overtime for the
    firefighters, he added.

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    Just to be clear, Airport Firefighters work for the British Airports Authority and not the Govenment as for City & County Firefighters.

    They belong to the Transprt and General Workers Union and not the Fire brigade Union that represents the UK's 60,000 Firefighters...this dispute will not affect reglar Firefighters.

    Good luck to them anyway, cuts and a reduction is safety standards is unacceptable for all Firefighters.
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    Default hmmm....

    A fire brigade on site, and the airport authority wants to call in the city's brigade for calls inside the terminal, which is on airport property?

    It's a misuse of resources and qualifies as a [size=large]"duh" [/size]moment in my book!
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