Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

November 03, 2009 12:59 ET

FBU Reaction to Threat to Suspend Fire Crews

SOUTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2009) - At informal discussions this morning the FBU outlined a further offer from the union to resolve the dispute. This included the offer of how external assistance can help resolve the dispute.

The union was told this would be reported in full to the fire authority who would respond. No response has been forthcoming to any official of the union with regard to the union's outline of how external assistance could be achieved.

This followed numerous other informal discussions in the past few days initiated by the union. The union had been told we would be given a response to those initiatives but have received none.

If the fire authority had wanted to make an offer to the union it could have done this before the strike started at 4pm today. Instead of taking action which could have prevented a strike they have chosen to hold a press conference half an hour after the dispute started.

Instead of negotiating and responding to our serious initiatives they have chosen to embark on another public relations exercise.

Fire crews have notified the authority of the times and dates of further strike action. At other times fire crews are available for work.

To effectively suspend fire crews is a major escalation of the dispute by the fire authority. If fire crews are suspended during the time they are available for work then the consequences are a matter for the fire authority.

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