Fire Brigades Union’s Executive Council unanimously rejects 2% pay increase


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The Executive Council of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has voted unanimously to reject the 2% pay offer. The employers will now be informed of this.

The Council met yesterday to consider the results of discussions with FBU members on the employers’ proposed increase in pay.

It agreed that plans should be urgently prepared to develop our campaign for decent pay, including the need to prepare for strike action. All FBU members are asked to fully participate in such discussions; all voices need to be heard. 

The FBU’s statement said: “Firefighters have never taken industrial action lightly but nor can we allow this pay insult to pass without challenge. The employers’ proposal would mean a further cut to our real wages and further hardship for our members and their families. That is unacceptable in the face of the cost of living crisis.”

When the pay increase was proposed last month, Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary said: “This is utterly inadequate and would deliver a further cut in real wages to firefighters in all roles in the midst of the cost of living crisis. This latest insulting proposal follows 12 years of government-imposed reductions in real wages.”

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