FIRE SERVICE PAY AND MODERNISATION

09 May 2005

DRAFT AGREEMENT

FIRE SERVICE PAY AND MODERNISATION

DRAFT AGREEMENT

 

 

 

1.

This is a package agreement, linking pay rises to a real commitment to modernise and improve the fire service. The two sides of the NJC will work together under this agreement to modernise the service and professionalise firefighters and emergency fire control staff so that they are properly rewarded for the skills they acquire and the responsibilities they carry out.
   

2.

MODERNISATION OF THE FIRE SERVICE
   

2.1

The NJC will immediately start negotiations on Stage 1 of the Agenda for Change with a view to reaching agreement by 28th February 2003.

 

 

2.2

The NJC will negotiate with a view to reaching agreement on Stage 2 of the Agenda for Change between April and September 2003.

 

 

2.3

The Agenda for Change will include all modernisation items either side wish to raise. Over the next week the NJC will agree on which items belong in Stage 1 and which in Stage 2.

 

 

2.4

Both sides are irrevocably committed to these negotiations determining in a full and final way all the modernisation issues tabled by either Side. In the event that finality is not achieved by negotiation and agreement within the timescales above reference can be made by either party to an Independent Panel which will adjudicate on the contested issues. The adjudication will be binding and both parties guarantee to accept the outcome. The panel will consist of three members, one each from the Audit Commission and the T.U.C. and an appropriate independent eminent person to act as Chair to be agreed between the parties as soon as possible.

 

 

3.

PAY

 

 

3.1

4% on all rates and fees from 7th November 2002.

 

 

3.2

Following completion of negotiations and any adjudication under Stage 1, 3.5% more on paybill from 1st April 2003; distribution to be agreed by 28th February 2003

 

 

3.3

Following completion of negotiations and any adjudication under Stage 2, 3.5% more on paybill from 7th December 2003, distribution to be agreed by 30th September; application of new pay formula to all pay rates from 7th November 2003, subject to guaranteed minimum of 3.5%; and qualified firefighters to have basic pay of £25,000 by 7th November 2003. 

 

 

[ 3.4

New pay structure for retained personnel to be implemented on 1st April 2003 ]

 

 

3.5

The total paybill increase under paragraphs under 3.1 to 3.4 is 16%.

 

 

3.6

Joint evaluation of emergency fire control operators' and firefighters' jobs to be completed by 31st March 2003. Results to be considered in the NJC. Any agreed improvement to the existing 92% relationship to be backdated to 7th November 2002 and would not be funded from the total paybill increase at paragraph 3.5 above. ]

 

  

4

Any failure to abide by any part of this agreement by either side constitutes a breach of the whole agreement and invalidates it in it's entirety. 

 

 

5

The NJC notes that while the negotiations under paragraphs 2.1 and 2.2 above are taking place there will be parallel discussions among fire service stakeholders including the Government on other issues such as fire cover, collaborative arrangements and central institutional reform, the Discipline Regulations and the Appointments and Promotions Regulations. It is proposed that a special  temporary forum is established to ensure that these wider policy issues are dealt with in a way that is co-ordinated with the negotiations under Section 2 above. This would include key fireservice stakeholders including the Government.

 

 

6.

The NJC recognises that the above package will impose significant additional costs on local fire authorities paybills over and above any efficiency savings that might be generated by modernisation and existing budget allocations. We will explore with Government how this situation can be resolved. We urge Government to respond to this as a matter of urgency.

  

  

 
 
 
 

Signed and dated on 
behalf of the employers

 

Signed and dated on behalf of the Fire Brigades Union

     
 

Note: There will be appendices setting out the new pay formula as previously
agreed and the new retained structure once agreed.

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