Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Fire strikeOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today The chief executive of arbitration body Acas has blamed poor communicationby fire service managers for the ongoing strike action over pay andmodernisation. John Taylor believes that the lack of effective communication between seniormanagement and the unions has fuelled the dispute which has led to months ofstrikes by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), including two 48-hour strikes lastweek. Speaking at the AnUMan conference in London last week, Taylor said thatimproved communication was key to solving the dispute as both parties agreefirefighters deserve more money and that the working practices needmodernising. He said: “We should be talking about the development of workforcestrategy and not the annual pay round as a cost. “Managers [at the Fire Service] must consult and listen, there must beconsultation mechanisms in place.” Taylor said that industrial relations must move away from theconfrontational approaches of the 1970s and 80s. He warned public sector employers and unions that high public expectation oftheir services would demand that they work together in partnership. The FBU originally demanded a 40 per cent wage increase, taking the basic starterwage to £30,000 a year. But did agree a 16 per cent deal with employers, whichwas then blocked by the Government. The employers – and the Government – claiman inflation-busting pay rise can only be funded by radically overhauling theservice’s working practices.