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Firefighters pay deal criticised

Guernsey Airport firefighters
Flights were grounded because of a pay dispute involving airport fire crews

Guernsey's Chief Minister has been criticised for giving in to the demands of airport firefighters after a deal was agreed over their pay.

Commercial flights were grounded for part of Monday and Tuesday because there were not enough firefighters to cover overtime or sickness.

Deputy Lyndon Trott stepped in and, at an Emergency Powers Authority meeting, agreed to give each firefighter £4,000.

The committee which negotiates States pay says the deal undermined its power.

Al Brouard, who chairs the Public Sector Remuneration Committee (PSRC), is tendering the committee's resignation - which will be debated by the States at a later date - and is now calling for a full inquiry.

Reputation 'untarnished'

It follows the revelation that the committee had already turned down a suggested deal to give the airport firefighters a £4,000 "recruitment and retention" package over the next 12 months.

The committee had wanted a deal to be brokered with the firefighters at an industrial tribunal.

If, however, a public inquiry did find my actions to be at fault then I wouldn't hesitate in stepping down from my position
Chief Minister Trott

Deputy Al Brouard said the "interference of some members of policy council, in particular the actions of the chief minister, was not asked for, nor desired".

He added that his committee could have got the deal which was finally agreed "weeks ago".

However, Chief Minister Trott says he believes he acted within his power to agree the deal he reached with the firefighters.

"I've made it clear that my involvement has been somewhat overstated and I believe that my reputation should remain untarnished in the sense that at no time have I acted outside of my mandate," he said.

"If, however, a public inquiry did find my actions to be at fault then I wouldn't hesitate in stepping down from my position."



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