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Firms urged to help in fire fighters' strike

A leading member of the ICAEW council is to call on the institute and Big four firms to offer free mediation services to help resolve the government's dispute with the Fire Brigades Union.

Link: Fire strike hits local budgets

As the prospect of another eight-day strike looms, Douglas Llambias, chairman of the Business Exchange, is to propose that each of the Big Four donate £25,000 to launch a mediation services, at the next council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday.

Llambias believes that council members have the skills and expertise necessary to ‘properly quantify the real underlying costs of the wage claims and the skills to resolve disputes at a national level or where they cause significant local disruption’.

He added: ‘There are many of us in the profession who have spent our lifetimes brokering business deals worth millions of pounds with many different kinds of people often in complex and highly charged situations. It seems to me this is a valuable resource which government, or any disputing parties, could tap into.’

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