Berkshire firefighters suspend strike action

Following further meetings between the Berkshire Fire Brigades Union and the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority an improved offer aimed at resolving the current dispute was presented the union.

This latest offer from the Fire Authority, described as " substantial " by FBU Brigade Secretary Lincoln Ball was fully debated by the Brigade Committee of Fire Brigades Union at a meeting on 27th April.

The committee determined that the offer was a considerable improvement on previous offers and could form the basis of a settlement between the two parties.

In view of this, as a gesture of goodwill, the Brigade Committee have taken the decision to recommend that the FBU General Secretary cancel the strikes planned for 1st May and 4th May 2001. The General Secretary will formally notify members as soon as possible.

The proposed march and rally in support of Berkshire firefighters, control staff and their families, which was to be held in Windsor on 1st May has also been suspended.

The latest offer will now be debated by union members at branch meetings and their views communicated to a Brigade Committee meeting to be held next week. so that a final decision on acceptance can be taken on behalf of the membership.

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