Following talks yesterday (8 February) within the National Joint Council (NJC), the arrangement in place that negotiates terms and conditions, including pay on behalf of the fire and rescue sector, the announcement of industrial action has been postponed following a revised pay offer from Fire and Rescue Service employers.
The offer is as follows:
- A 7 per cent increase on all basic pay rates and Continual Professional Development payments with effect from 1 July 2022 for all grey book roles including control.
- A 5 per cent increase on all basic pay rates and Continual Professional Development payments with effect from 1 July 2023 for all grey book roles including control.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will now consult its members and this revised pay offer will be put to a ballot. The notification of strike action will not take place during this consultation period.
Commenting on yesterday’s negotiations, Chief Fire Officer Wayne Bowcock said: “We welcome the constructive efforts made during the meeting of the NJC. We are hopeful that industrial action can be avoided, due to the risks and costs that it would bring for both the public and our staff.”
This is a developing situation which we are monitoring closely and we will provide more information in due course.