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EDM number 1817 in 2001-02, proposed by Elfyn Llwyd on 24/10/2002.

That this House affirms that the fundamental role of government is ensuring the security and welfare of the people; believes that to this end industrial action by firefighters must be avoided, and that this can be achieved if the Government takes charge of the situation on a fair and impartial basis; believes that the Government's conduct to date has worked to exacerbate rather than resolve the crisis, including unhelpful interference in pay negotiations between the employers and the Fire Brigades Union, and the offensive language deployed by the Prime Minister and other Ministers; notes that the formula used to determine firefighters' pay since 1977 is outmoded and has resulted in salary levels falling from above to below average earnings; and calls on the Government to broker real negotiations and a genuine independent pay review which carries the confidence of both sides in the dispute, and to make a clear commitment to fund in full the recommendations of such a review, in recognition of the dedication and skilled professionalism of firefighters and fire control staff.

This motion has been signed by a total of 9 MPs.

Elfyn Llwyd24/10/2002Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruProposed
Alex Salmond24/10/2002Banff & BuchanScottish National PartySigned
Annabelle Ewing24/10/2002PerthScottish National PartySigned
Simon Thomas24/10/2002CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Hywel Williams24/10/2002CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
Pete Wishart24/10/2002North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
Michael Weir30/10/2002AngusScottish National PartySigned
Adam Price04/11/2002Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Angus Robertson05/11/2002MorayScottish National PartySigned

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