Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

October 16, 2009 10:54 ET

Union Offer in South Yorkshire Fire Dispute-Drop Threat of Sackings and We'll Call Off Strikes

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2009) - The Fire Brigades Union says it will call off next week's strikes if the fire authority withdraws its threat to sack firefighters. The FBU has offered to call off the strikes if South Yorkshire remove the intention to dismiss 744 firefighters and commit to real negotiations without any pre conditions.

The union will enter talks at any time but the strikes will go ahead unless the threat of sackings is removed. Two 24-hour strikes have been set for 19th Oct (6pm to 20th Oct 6pm) and 23rd Oct (6pm to 24th Oct 6pm).

Ian Murray FBU regional secretary said: "We will have talks at any time to help resolve this dispute. If the fire authority withdraws its threat of dismissals and enters genuine talks then the strikes can be called off.

"As long as their threat of mass sackings remains, there will be strikes. The fire authority cannot threaten firefighters with the sack and not expect a strike to defend our jobs and contracts of employment."

The fire authority threatened to dismiss 744 firefighters on 1st January to force through new contracts. They have offered to put back the day of dismissal to 31st March.

Contact Information

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