Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

March 04, 2010 13:27 ET

Firefighters Vote to Accept Changes in Shift System

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - March 4, 2010) - South Yorkshire firefighters have voted to accept a newly-negotiated compromise designed to end the long-running dispute between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority (SYFRA).

The package would mean that the shift system changes from the present 15 hour day shifts and 9 hour night shifts to a new system of 13 hour night shifts and 11 hour day shifts. The SYFRA originally wanted 12 hour day and 12 hour night shifts. There is also a newly negotiated package of benefits to FBU members.

SYFRA recognised that there was overwhelming opposition to their proposed 12 hour shift system and now South Yorkshire FBU members have accepted in a ballot that that this compromise position reached is the best opportunity to resolve this long running dispute.

The deal follows 14 hours of discussions on 8th February 2010 facilitated by the National Joint Council Joint Secretaries, and an emergency meeting of the South Yorkshire FBU Brigade Committee. This meeting decided that the terms would be put to South Yorkshire FBU members to decide if they were acceptable.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 

Jeremy Pagan 07977 931086

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    Regional and local media contacts
    Ian Murray
    07967 103345
    or
    Fire Brigades Union
    Regional and local media contacts:
    Jeremy Pagan
    07977 931086