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Complainant Name:
Mr Peter Johnson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Mr Peter Johnson of Hitchin complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which claimed that firefighters earned more than nurses, police constables, Army lieutenants and RAF Pilots was misleading.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter:

Further to your article about the difference between pay for fire-fighters and police constables (October 27) while the starting salary of a PC is less, after the training and probation period, it rises to be significantly greater than a fire-fighter. The incremental increases for PCs is greater than for fire-fighters. A few years ago the fire-fighters' long service payment was stopped and replaced by another kind of payment supposed to be fair for all. But this was put on hold in June last year leaving many fire-fighters out of pocket by over £1,500.

Date Published: 27/01/2011

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