Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

February 09, 2010 10:08 ET

Essex Fire Dispute-Managers Launch Fresh Cuts to Frontline Services but Want to Add Even More Office Staff at Corporate Headquarters

ESSEX, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - Essex fire crews have hit back at plans to cut the number of frontline firefighters while recruiting even more office staff. Essex fire authority is to consider plans at a meeting on 10 February to axe another 30 frontline posts but recruit more office staff to the IT and personnel departments.

Essex Fire Brigades Union is already taking industrial action short of a strike over a dispute which included the last round of cuts. The union has called for national fire service mediators to be brought in to assist, the agreed way of resolving fire service disputes.

The union has accused local managers of blocking moves to resolve the current dispute and refusing to use national mediators. The FBU says local negotiations have clearly broken down and national mediation is the only way of resolving the dispute.

Keith Flynn, Essex FBU acting brigade secretary said: "We're seeing a sustained attack on the frontline emergency response with plans to cut another 30 firefighter posts. At the same time they have plans to recruit even more IT and personnel staff at corporate head quarters.

"No one is speaking up for the frontline emergency response the public is paying for. No one is speaking up against office empires growing at the expense of the 999 service.

"The public are paying for an emergency response and they expect that service to be protected. No one ever dialed 999 and asked to speak to the personnel department.

"Politicians claim they will do everything to protect frontline services while in Essex they are doing the opposite. The emergency response is already stretched and we're concerned that response times have been getting worse.

"We have an on-going dispute which could be resolved with the help of national fire service mediators. That is the agreed way of resolving disputes and we cannot understand why local managers are unreasonably refusing to use agreed procedures to help bring a dispute to an end."

Contact Information

  • Keith Flynn
    07956 459111
    Mick Rogers
    07967 023709
    Lindley Chambers
    07792 741917
    Adrian Clarke
    07917 017713
    Mark Kinsalla
    07967 720363