Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

January 21, 2010 08:53 ET

Why Are We Waiting-Fire Authority Won't Meet to Consider New Union Proposal Until Strike Starts

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - The Fire Brigades Union is demanding to know why South Yorkshire fire authority is not meeting to consider a new union proposal until after the next set of strikes started. The proposal was put to the chair of the fire authority and senior managers on 19 January.

The FBU proposed that the shift duration and related issues, including meal breaks stand-down, work routines should be immediately referred to the National Joint Council Joint Secretaries. This is a nationally recognised process to assist Fire Service's to resolve disputes.

The FBU's opinion is that the Fire Authority's position to separate the issues and take shift duration to ACAS and related issues to the Joint Secretaries is merely a fudge and could leave areas unresolved.

Management sent a communication to stations following this meeting which stated that the only alternative remaining is ACAS for binding arbitration, this is simply not true. The fact is that SYFRA do not appear willing to refer this dispute to the Joint Secretaries which happens on a regular basis in other fire authorities.

FBU regional secretary Ian Murray said: "This is the same old fudge and delay we've had for months. We have agreements and we have ways of resolving disputes but the fire authority won't take them.

"They put on the public mask of moderation but behind the scenes it has always been spoiling tactics and threats. The fire authority can meet at any time to consider our proposals but they are choosing to do so after the dispute has started.

"This is typical of the feet dragging we've had to deal with. They need to get on with the work, not build in more delays."

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    Ian Murray
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    Jeremy Pagan
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