Firefighters call off unofficial action

Norfolk firefighters
Norfolk firefighters

Firefighters have called off the unsanctioned industrial action, in which they only responded to 999 calls, in a dispute over pay.

Submitted by Steven. on October 5, 2006

The BBC reported that crews across Norfolk started the action on Tuesday afternoon but without the backing of their trade union.

They said managers were not keeping to a pay deal agreed in 2003. Fire service managers met union representatives on Wednesday to reach an agreement.

After the meeting firefighters decided to call off the action, which was to answer only 999 calls.

Firefighters have now decided to meet the chief fire officer to talk about their grievances which concern delays in pay increases and changes to methods of working.

Fire Brigades' Union representative Dave Cain said the dispute was worthwhile.

"I think that the action has achieved its aims and said to the fire service management that they cannot just step back from an agreement when it concerns pay and development of professional standards," he said.