Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Knock-On Effect Is the Real Fear; Fire Strike

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Knock-On Effect Is the Real Fear; Fire Strike

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Byline: BEN LEAPMAN

THE COST to the Government of settling the firefighters' dispute is small change compared with the overall size of the public-sector pay bill.

It is the knock-on impact of a bumper wage rise which ministers most fear.

The cost difference between the options on the table is measured in tens of millions of pounds.

The Bain proposals: The independent report on firefighters' pay, commissioned from Sir George Bain, concluded that firefighters should be offered a staged 11.3 per cent pay rise at an estimated cost to the public of pound sterling128 million. Reforms to working conditions - which would save money in the long run - would take place up-front.

The blocked deal: The draft deal that nearly averted the strike early on Friday morning - vetoed by John Prescott - would cost the Government an estimated pound sterling180 million. It would take basic earnings to pound sterling25,000 over two years, by way of an immediate four per cent rise, followed by 3. …

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