Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

June 22, 2010 06:09 ET

Essex Fire & Rescue Service-Budget Cuts

ESSEX, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - The Fire Brigades Union is to meet Essex fire service managers today (Tuesday 22 June) following yesterday's sudden announcement of a rapid but exhaustive review of office and frontline services.

The review was announced in advance of the Chancellor's emergency budget in which savage cuts to public services are anticipated.

"The first we heard of this wide-ranging review was today when journalists alerted us to a surprise media statement released by the service" says Keith Flynn, Essex FBU secretary. "It is going to cause quite a lot of anxiety amongst firefighters and fire officers when the first they hear about plans for 10% cuts that may affect their jobs and vital 999 services is through the media."

The announcement also comes only the day before the FBU was due to meet senior managers to discuss final proposals for a potential compromise settlement to the on-going dispute over last year's cuts in firefighters and frontline 999 services.

"Industrial relations have begun to improve and we look forward to reaching a negotiated settlement to the current dispute in the very near future and hope that this can lead to a more cooperative approach in dealing with the review announced by the service today" said Mr Flynn.

Contact Information

  • Media contacts:
    Keith Flynn
    07956 - 459111
    Mick Rogers
    07967 - 023709
    Mark Kinsalla
    07967 - 720363