Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

August 28, 2009 08:59 ET

Union to Offer Proposal to End Threat of Sackings

LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2009) - The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) met earlier this week with management from Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service (LFRS) to discuss the service's plans to sack 104 firefighters if they do not agree to sign a new contract of employment which includes a shift pattern that has not been agreed through the normal process of consultation and negotiation.

LFRS management is demanding that firefighters provide an additional 48 hours a week of compulsory cover from home on top of the 48 hours they have already worked that week on the fire station. This, of course, puts a huge strain on family commitments and is something that the firefighters currently carry out on a voluntary basis and for which they should be highly praised, not sacked.

Firefighters have expressed their anger and extreme disappointment that the management of LFRS feel the need to go down the route of dismissal and re-engagement purely to get their own way. The thought of such an action is abhorrent, even more so within an emergency service. The FBU have indicated all along that there is a negotiable solution to this problem and feel that management are adhering purely to their legal obligations in the sacking of 104 firefighters.

In a positive move the FBU made it clear at a recent meeting that they firmly believe in continuing to try and find a jointly acceptable solution to the problem but they will not accept imposition as a solution and they will continue to oppose this.

During the meeting through persistent discussion and a willingness to present solutions on the part of the FBU, management have agreed to receive a proposal in writing from the Fire Brigades Union that they believe could pave the way to an agreement.

This proposal from the FBU is aimed at preventing their members from being dismissed and with the resources available, provides the best service possible to the people of Lincolnshire. The other solution from management, backed by the County Council, will leave many parts of Lincolnshire including the city itself without fire cover.

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