TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL (Merseyside January 2005)
- Section 4, Part A, paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 of the Scheme of Conditions of Service (Grey Book) outlines the principles on which Duty Systems should be based.
- Where local agreement cannot be reached between the fire and rescue authority and the recognised trade union the difference can be referred to the NJC’s Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) whose role is to seek agreement, but where that is not possible to make recommendations.
- Professor Roy Lewis, who is assisted by the Joint Secretaries, currently chairs the panel.
- The TAP met for the first time on 11th January to consider a referral from the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
- Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service proposed a new flexitime system for employees who worked the existing day duty system (9 day fortnight).
- The attached agreement was reached (Appendix A). This now becomes a collective agreement between the local parties.
- The agreement is applicable only to Merseyside and as such does not represent a national collective agreement.
MIKE WALKER ANDY GILCHRIST