Pay 2017

16 November 2017

TO: All Members

Dear Brother/Sister

 

Pay 2017

 

Members will recall from circular 2017HOC0518MW that the fire service employers had proposed that NJC pay rates should be increased by 1%. This was in response to the rejection of their previous proposals following a consultation with FBU members.

 

Following further dialogue with the employers and requests for clarification by the Executive Council, it has been confirmed that this proposal is not conditional on any other matters. Nor would it be considered as necessarily a final settlement of pay in relation to the current pay round.

 

As a result, the Executive Council agreed to consult members on this proposal and to recommend that the union should agree that NJC pay rates should be increased as suggested. This consultation will conclude at the December business meeting of the Executive Council (5-7 December). All branches should consider this proposal within this timescale.

 

Best wishes.

 

Yours fraternally

 

 

Matt Wrack

General Secretary

 

 

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Please complete the Staff Survey

Dear Colleague

We are issuing this communication jointly to encourage all staff members to support and respond to the staff survey.

It is crucial that we collectively understand how staff feel about working in the organisation.  It helps both managers and Trade Unions focus on the areas that matter most to you.

Individual responses are confidential and are not shared with the organisation.  The overall responses are shared openly and published.

We have a shared aim of making employment with WYFRS the best it can be and so we ask all of you to give up 10 minutes of your time to help us achieve that aim.

Thank You.

Ian Brandwood                                                                     David Williams                                 

Chief Employment Services Officer                                   FBU    

                                                       

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The NWC AGM is to be held at Wortley Hall, Sheffield on Monday 20th November 2017

The NWC AGM is to be held at Wortley Hall, Sheffield on Monday 20th November 2017. Issues that are affecting you can be voiced and heard in this motion based AGM. So if you’d like to get involved, speak to a rep near you to raise your issues, formulate a motion and submit this as as resolution. If you don’t have a rep and would like to get involved, please contact Sam Rye or Sarah Gartland via Facebook, email, text etc. We look forward to seeing you there

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Cessation of Trials of EMR and Other Work

Dear Brother/Sister

Cessation of Trials of EMR and Other Work

The Executive Council met today to report and discuss the outcomes of the membership consultation which commenced on 23 August 2017. The wider outcomes of that meeting will be the subject of a related circular which will be issued today (Circular 2017HOC0500MW). This circular confines itself to reporting the implications of that discussion in respect of the trials of EMR and other work.

The decision of the Executive Council is that the trials of EMR and other work shall cease.

In order to ensure that as many members as possible are in receipt of this communication from the union before the trials cease, the Executive Council has determined that all work in connection with broadening the responsibilities of the fire service and the firefighter shall cease from and including Monday 18 September 2017.

This means that the position will revert to the situation as it was previously and members will resume working as before the trials.

In practical terms, this means:

For wholetime members working the wholetime shift, ceasing the trials shall take effect from the start-time of the wholetime day shift which operates in your FRS on 18 September 2017. Members who, at that time, are already responding to or in attendance at a call in connection with such work should complete their work until the call has been dealt with. Crews should then make return from the call according to the protocols and norms in your FRS, and for those crews ceasing the trial shall take effect from the time of release from that incident.

For retained members, ceasing the trial shall take effect from the start-time of the wholetime day shift which operates in your FRS on 18 September 2017. Members who, at that time, are already responding to or in attendance at a call in connection with such work should complete their work until the call has been dealt with. Crews should then make return from the call according to the protocols and norms in your FRS, and for those crews the cessation of trial shall take effect from the time of release from that incident.

For members working the day-crewed duty system or similar duty system, ceasing the trial shall take effect from the start-time of the wholetime day shift which operates in your FRS on 18 September 2017. Members who, at that time, are already responding to or in attendance at a call in connection with such work should complete their work until the call has been dealt with. Crews should then make return from the call according to the protocols and norms in your FRS, and for those crews, the cessation of trial shall take effect from the time of release from that incident.

For members who are conditioned to day duties, ceasing the trial shall take effect from the start-time of the wholetime day shift which operates in your FRS on 18 September 2017. Members who, at that time, are already responding to or in attendance at a call in connection with such work should complete their work until the call has been dealt with. Crews should then make return from the call according to the protocols and norms in your FRS, and for those crews, the cessation of trial shall take effect from the time of release from that incident.

For members working in the emergency fire control room, including any joint or shared control rooms, ceasing the trial shall take place from the start time of the wholetime day shift which operates at fire stations in your FRS on 18 September 2017.

Undertaking such work, whether responding to or mobilising others to such calls, is not a contractual requirement and your employer cannot require you to undertake this work.

Any difficulties that you encounter on this matter on 18 September 2017 or thereafter, should be referred to your brigade officials.

We will keep you informed of developments.

Best wishes.

Yours fraternally

Matt Wrack
General Secretary

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Pay Consultation Result

Dear Brother/Sister

Pay Consultation Result

Following a democratic consultation with our members, the FBU has decided not to accept the proposals on pay made by our employers.

The reasons for this rejection varied between members and across different parts of the union but they included:

  • A lack of clarity and certainty in the employers’ proposals.
  • ​Uncertainty about funding arrangements following years of cuts from central government.
  • ​The failure to clearly address years of falling real wages.
  • ​Concerns about the details of some of the areas of new work under discussion and consideration.
  • ​In at least one case, the introduction of completely inappropriate work into a fire and rescue service through the NJC trials.
  • ​​The failure of some employers at local level to address the serious concerns of staff on operational, safety, training and welfare issues in relation to the NJC trials.

​The FBU, through its conference has set out, debated and agreed a strategy for the future of our service, including discussing with our employers and with governments potential new areas of work and responsibility for the fire and rescue service. The success of these discussions was always dependent on sustainable funding, as well as addressing operational, safety, training and other issues. They were, and remain, dependent on addressing the pay and conditions of FBU members.

It is notable that not one of the governments in the UK (at Westminster, in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) has seriously addressed the issue of sustainability.

These governments (and primarily central government at Westminster) bear the bulk of the responsibility for the situation in the fire and rescue service through their failure to engage with the fire and rescue service employers or with the FBU.

The FBU remains committed to discussing the future of our service, including the need to address the pay and conditions of firefighters. We urge governments to now address the issues of underfunding and investment, including the need to invest in new areas of activity.

As a result of the decision on pay, the current NJC trials on EMR and other work will cease on Monday 18 September (see circular 2017HOC0498MW).

Members are reminded that EMR and other activity outside the agreed role map is non-contractual and therefore employers cannot require or instruct employees to undertake such non-contractual activities.

Best wishes|

Yours fraternally

Matt Wrack
General Secretary

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Parliamentary Lobby 17th October Volunteers Needed

The Brigade Secretary will be taking a small group of delegates to lobby parliament on the 17th October, HOWEVER we are targeting marginal MP’s with a majority of less than 2,500 votes and guess what? They’re only 2 in our entire region and they’re both in our Brigade.
We could do with 3, 4 or more members who live in either Stuart Andrew or Andrea Jenkins constituency area please.

Anyone living in Horsforth, Yeadon, Guiseley, Farsley, Rawdon, Pudsey for Stuart Andrew or
Gildersome, Morley, west and east Ardsley, Lofthouse, Outwood for Andrea Jenkins and would be interested in the Lobby of parliament please contact Dave Williams ASAP.

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Death of Firefighter Mark Hattersley (fundraising for the family)

It is with great sadness that we confirm the loss of a serving Firefighter Mark Hattersley who died suddenly on Saturday 12 August.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell said: “We are all absolutely devastated by the loss of a friend and colleague who was off duty and at home at the time of his death. Our deepest thoughts remain with Mark’s family, particularly with his wife Rachael and their two young children.

“By the nature of the job we do and the time we spend together the fire and rescue service is a very close family. Mark was a popular part of the Bedminster Blue Watch family and was well liked by so many staff across the Service who worked with him. He will be so desperately missed by us all.”

Mark, who was 36, joined Avon Fire & Rescue Service in September 2005 and since that time worked at Kingswood and Bedminster Fire Stations. At the time of his passing he was a member of Bedminster Blue Watch.

Mark’s family have asked for privacy at this sad time.

A Justgiving page has been set up by staff at Avon Fire & Rescue Service to raise money for Mark’s family.  Anyone wishing to donate can do so by clicking here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/james-britton-2?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socpledgedesktop&utm_content=james-britton-2&utm_campaign=post-pledge-desktop&utm_term=vGG3bM9pQ

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Pay Offer EC Recommendation

Full details on the offer should be confirmed on Friday 25th.

23rd August 2017

 

CIRCULAR NJC/09/17

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Pay offer – update

 

  1. We write to advise you that following further joint discussion around clarification of the pay offer, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will now be making arrangements to consult its membership with a recommendation to accept the offer.

 

  1. You will be aware that the FBU had indicated its intention to withdraw support for the emergency medical response and other work trials running under the auspices of the NJC and instruct its members not to take part with effect from 24th August 2017.

 

  1. Given the position in paragraph 1 above, support for the trials will now remain in place, and the work unaffected, while the consultation process is carried out.

 

  1. Further information will follow shortly.

 

Yours faithfully

 

SIMON PANNELL

MATT WRACK

Joint Secretaries

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Update: The Executive Council met yesterday (24 July) following consultation with members on the employers proposals on pay and conditions

Dear Brother/Sister

 

Pay and conditions – proposals inadequate

 

The Executive Council met yesterday (24 July) following consultation with members on the employers proposals on pay and conditions.

 

As a result of this consultation with members I can confirm that the FBU finds the employer proposals on pay inadequate in their current form. The Executive Council was clear that, in line with the policy of our conference, we remain committed to continuing discussions on the broadened and broadening role of the FRS, including making the case to government/s for sustainable funding. The FBU remains committed to lobbying around this issue and doing so jointly with employers where appropriate.

 

The Executive Council has continued to receive reports in relation to the NJC trials on EMR. There remain numerous reports of local trials where employers have failed to address the operational, safety and welfare issues set out very clearly by us at NJC meetings and elsewhere this year. This is in clear breach of the requirements the FBU set out to the employers at a national level. The employers have also failed to adequately address the concerns of the union on pay and conditions. Therefore the Executive Council concluded that there can be no agreement to further extend the NJC trials. We have informed the employers therefore that the trials will cease on 24 August. Further advice on this will follow.

 

The union is clear that there will be no local agreements on the issue of EMR and that attempts to bypass this by local employers will only exacerbate an already difficult position. We have therefore advised local officials to alert us to any such attempts through the Executive Council member.

 

We have informed the employers of our position and will await their response.

 

Best wishes.

 

Yours fraternally

 

Matt Wrack

General Secretary

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Firefighters pay offer video update

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