Draeger B.A.

Further to Newsletter No. 32 – 3 September 2012; No. 34 – 2 October and No. 35 – 18 October.

The Union met with Fire Service representatives on Monday 12 November to particularly discuss the ongoing problems re brackets/seats for the new Drager B.A.

The Union is disappointed that this problem has dragged on for so long. The Union requires a national solution to a national problem and the Fire Service was advised accordingly.

At present there appears to be ad hoc solutions being developed in different Locals. This is not a satisfactory solution.

The Union’s advice to Locals remains as per the last Notice (NTM No.35) – not to accept the new sets on appliances that have not yet changed over to properly accommodate the Drager Sets. To those Locals that already have the new sets, to demand of local management and Rob McMahon a national fix to be applied urgently.

Pay Review Working Party

Further to Newsletter No. 27 – 25 July 2012; No. 31 – 15 August; No.34 – 2 October and No. 35 – 10 October.

The Pay Review Working Party met again with Hay Group representatives on 19th and 20th November.

The work undertaken involved a detailed look at the information obtained by Hays from outside organizations – to assess how this information impacts on the Job Sizing/Evaluation of Firefighter positions.

Further information on a wider/larger group of outside organizations has been asked from Hays to enable a more broad comparison to be achieved.

The Joint Working Party will meet again early in December to proceed this work. It is expected that next week a more detailed briefing will be given to Conference Delegates.

The Union can repeat its advice as in Newsletter No. 35 – that the work of the Joint Working Party has been constructive and positive.

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