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0.925% Award At LFEPA

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GMB MEMBERS AT LONDON FIRE AND EMERGENCY PLANNING AUTHORITY WIN PAY RISE OF 0.925% BACKDATED TO APRIL 2009 AFTER LEGAL ACTION.

Staff will receive increases ranging from £182 per annum to £664 per annum and the backdated amounts to cover the four years range from £750 to £2600 says GMB.

GMB members working for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) are to receive a pay rise of 0.925% backdated to April 2009 following legal action over the employer’s refusal to fully implement the terms of a three year deal.

GMB took legal action over LFEPA’s refusal to pay in full the third year of an agreed pay deal that would have given fire and rescue staff a 2.5% pay rise in April 2009. Instead LFEPA paid an increase of 1.575% instead of 2.5% meaning a loss of 0.925% per member since April 2009.

The claim against London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority reached the Court of Appeal in London on 13 March 2013.  GMB has now secured a unanimous decision backing our members which states, “In my judgment, it means that in that year the employees would receive an increase of 2.5% or NJC plus 1%, whichever was the greater. Looking at the matter objectively, no other meaning made or would have made industrial sense. No other meaning would have represented a three-year deal which the Unions would have contemplated and, objectively, that must have been obvious to the Employer”.

Clive Smith GMB Regional Officer said “This is great news for our members. It has been a long battle and GMB is delighted that this decision has finally brought justice for our members.

Staff will receive increases ranging from £182 per annum to £664 per annum. The backdated amounts to cover the four years range from £750 to £2600.

GMB has successfully challenged the use in 2009 by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority of a legal loophole to take hundreds of pounds a year out of our members’ pay packets.  I have no doubt that this was a politically motivated decision by the Tory dominated authority, at that time led by Brian Coleman.  The Authority chose to spend money on lawyers and barristers in an attempt to backtrack on a settlement negotiated and signed off in 2007. Coleman has now got his comeuppance.  GMB is prepared to fight all the way to defend our members’ rights."

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Contact: Clive Smith Clive Smith 07802 958 554 or 020 8303 3407 or GMB Press Office - Rose Conroy on 07974 251823 or Steve Pryle on 07921 289880.

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