Make progress by putting fire cover first: this month the FBU General Secretary outlines progress on pay, progress on New Dimensions, the difficulties of reducing 12 ranks to seven roles in the IPDS process, and describes why he believes the White Paper falls into the trap of proposing reform on the cheap.(Fire Brigades Union)(Integrated Personal Development System)

Since the pay settlement in June substantial progress has been made in fleshing out aspects of the agreement A new pay formula, which will kick in from July 1, 2005, has been agreed and should provide the basis for long term stability on this vital issue. The new arrangements are based on pay movements of associate professional and technical staff right across the economy.

This far better reflects the jobs now undertaken by FBU members than did the old formula which linked firefighters' earnings to those of skilled manual workers.

Important progress has also been made on finding a new formula for emergency fire control operators' pay. The pay and conditions agreement provided for a joint job evaluation exercise to be carried out and for any improvement on the existing 92 per cent of qualified firefighters' pay to be backdated. …

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