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TUC Congress 2020 Pledge to defend collective bargaining for fire & rescue

TRADE unions pledged yesterday to defend collective bargaining in the fire and rescue service following concerns that pay reviews could be imposed on workers.

A motion passed at TUC Congress 2020 hit out at criticism of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), saying there is “no basis” for the “political attack” on collective bargaining in the fire and rescue service.

Firefighters and control staff are currently represented in negotiations with employers, but a government body recommended in January that a pay review body be imposed.

The TUC declared any moves by the government to rip up existing agreements “would damage industrial relations” and pledged support for the FBU’s campaign to maintain collective bargaining.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “Each Tory attack on workers leads to lower wages and more dangerous workplaces. 

“Today, the whole union movement is sending a message to the government: collective bargaining works — and we’ll stand together against any attempt to undermine it.”

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