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Dispute resolution secures jobs for Essex firefighters

05th November 2012

Keith Handscomb, a member of the FBU executive council, said that the dispute had been one of the longest and bitterest in fire service history, but negotiators have now overcome deeply held differences to agree compromise terms which will settle the dispute.

It is hoped the agreement can lay the foundations which will enable the rebuilding of industrial relations between the two sides.

The spokesperson said, “The challenges ahead are huge as the fire and rescue service faces the most severe cuts ever in central government funding.

The Chief Fire Officer David Johnson said that the service’s prudent financial management has allowed them to ensure all firefighters in Essex have job security and a Fire Authority mandate means guarantees that the number of fire stations and fire appliances in the region will not be affected.

Mr Handscomb added that the dispute resolution settlement would also, hopefully, engender improved industrial relations between the relevant sides.

He said, “It’s early days but, bit by bit, relations are starting to get better and so it is now up to both sides to take this opportunity to work together in facing the considerable challenges.”

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