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Airport firefighters agree deal

An agreement has been reached between Guernsey States and airport firefighters after a pay dispute.

Flights were grounded on Bank Holiday Monday and most of Tuesday because the dispute meant that there was no overtime or sickness cover.

Under the agreement, the firefighters will receive a "recruitment and retention" payment, said the States.

The amount, which has not been revealed, will be in addition to their current salary.

The agreement follows a meeting on Tuesday of the States Emergency Powers Authority, which considered the affect a prolonged closure of the airport would have on the island's economy.

Both sides have also agreed to try and conclude talks on terms and conditions which have been ongoing for more than two years.

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