The Union met with H.R. management last week to discuss the dispute raised with the Fire Service regarding Q.F.F. progression.
The Union raised the additional issue (but the same in principle) of delays in S.F.F. progression.
The causes of the delays were fully explored, and certainly the Union is firmly of the view that any effect of industrial action that ceased many months ago, was now hardly a significant factor. The Union sees that clearly there is a capacity issue at the National Training Centre.
H.R. Management has agreed to follow up details of progression target times (for example – time of Exams – Courses) with Training.
The Union will follow up with H.R. this week to ascertain what progress is being made.
In the meantime, affected members should ensure that they are at least now being paid the increased rates.
PAY REVIEW WORKING PARTY
Details of implementation of resulting pay scales and overtime based on the true hourly rate and wording of various clauses are very close to finalisation. These will be considered by the Committee shortly.
It is still intended to hold information/education meetings at all Locals (planning to be in June). Further meetings for ratification/debate will be held subsequent to these information meetings.
The Union has had confirmed that the P.C.A. payment will be made on 26th June.