Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

January 26, 2010 12:38 ET

South Yorkshire Fire Dispute-Union Temporarily Suspends All Industrial Action

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2010) - South Yorkshire FBU will not be proceeding with the eight day strike which was due to start on 27 January after the fire authority agreed to refer a dispute over shift changes to national arbitration. All other industrial action has also been temporarily suspended.

He issues have been referred to national fire service arbitration known as the National Joint Council Joint Secretaries. They include the national fire service employers and Fire Brigades Union.

Ian Murray FBU regional secretary said: "The fire authority accepted our proposals to involve the national employers and union representatives. Shift change and related issue will be referred to national arbitration and the strike action scheduled to start tomorrow will not now go ahead.

"It is important this process is followed with a commitment by both sides to seek resolution.
This is a real opportunity for us to reach an agreement to end this long running dispute and in doing so avoid the need to continue with the industrial action."

Contact Information

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