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Negotiations break down at Essex fire station

Negotiations between fire chiefs and union bosses collapse.

20 April 2010

Negotiations between Essex fire chiefs and union bosses have collapsed, it has been revealed.

Discussions to bring to an end a dispute which as gone on for months have come to a dramatic close, with no deal having been brokered, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

Talks concerning the provision of frontline jobs have been ongoing, but stopped abruptly when the service refused to give any deal guarantees following the union's decision to rebuff its latest offer.

While the union has refrained from taking industrial action, it has revealed that the negotiations are now back at "square one".

Mick Rogers, the union's membership secretary, said that trust became the sticking point in the talks.

He told the news provider: "Our members agreed to a settlement that in principle could have ended a long dispute. But there was a great deal of uncertainty and distrust of the management and we wanted clarification on four key issues."

Mr Rogers went on to say that there had been a "reluctance to put meat on the bone".

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