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Employers favour fire modernisation

Employers favour fire modernisationOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Plansto establish a modern fire and rescue service set out in a government WhitePaper last week have been welcomed by employers.Itincorporates many of the proposals recommended by Sir George Bain in his reportproduced during the drawn-out dispute over fire service pay.Theseinclude plans to introduce more family-friendly shift patterns, bring involuntary overtime and modernise the disputes and disciplinary arrangements.Otherproposals would see the introduction of a new integrated personnel developmentsystem (IPDS) to boost training and promotion, plus reform of the terms andconditions of retained (part-time) firefighters. DeputyPrime Minister John Prescott warned that up to 6,000 firefighters would losetheir jobs as part of the changes, but stressed there would be no compulsoryredundancies.PeterBrook, head of personnel at Greater Manchester County Fire Service, believesthe modernisation programme presents a significant opportunity for HR in termsof change management and helping fire service personnel develop the soft skillsthey need to make the changes work.Hebelieves the IPDS will identify development needs and help modernise pay so itis based more on role rather than rank. Brook also thinks that more flexibleworking patterns will help attract a more diverse workforce to the fireservice. CarolMcCletchie, director of HR at Cleveland Fire Brigade, agrees the IPDS willprove an extremely useful tool in modernising working practices. “Wewill be better able to attract recognise, develop and reward talented peopleboth from within and outside,” she said. McCletchie also welcomed changesto shift patterns.Generalsecretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Andy Gilchrist said the White Paper wouldbe discussed by the union’s executive council at its meeting this week (8-10July). He said the union would oppose any job losses.ByBen Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. read more

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