Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Union to consider Government offer today

CFB dispute

Gibraltar Government has rejected the latest Union proposal to break the impasse affecting the firefighters ambulance dispute, but has stated that it is willing to accept one of a combination of options as long as it is cost neutral to Government and value neutral to staff.

Speaking to the Chronicle last night TGWU Branch Officer Charlie Sisarello said they would be studying the Government’s latest reply at a meeting of firemen this morning.

A Convent Place spokesman said:

“The Government has already made it clear that it is not willing to increase its final offer to staff, which is full and generous.

However on 18th May the Government said publicly and privately to the Union that a possible solution was to redistribute the Government’s final offer, by reducing the pension upgrade element and increasing the cash element, in a way that is cost neutral to Government and value neutral to staff, compared to the Government’s final offer.

Late last week the union made a proposal to Government along these lines, but this has been rejected by Government because it does not meet the above criteria.

However, the Government yesterday afternoon wrote to the Union setting out five cost and value neutral options, any or all of which would be acceptable to Government.”

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