Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

October 11, 2008 18:00 ET

South Yorkshire Fire Crews Accuse Managers of Being Hell Bent on Confrontation Over Moves to Impose New Shifts

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2008) -

Attn: News and Picture Desks covering South Yorkshire

MEDIA EMBARGO: 00.01 MONDAY 13 OCTOBER

South Yorkshire fire crews have accused aggressive managers of being hell bent
on confrontation over plans for new shift changes. They say there is growing
anger among fire crews over new threats to impose new shifts.

Firefighters want to know why there has been no negotiation with their Union
before South Yorkshire fire authority councillors received the proposals for
consideration. The Fire Brigades Union has still not been officially given
details of the plans, although full press packs have been sent to the media.

South Yorkshire FBU Brigade Chair John Gilliver said: "These plans came out of
the blue despite national agreements about having 'no surprises'. There is
growing anger from firefighters across the County at the threats to impose
contractual changes without any negotiation.

"During last year's floods councillors and managers were applauding our
commitment and praising our work. It is a disgrace that managers are now
rewarding us by kicking us in the teeth.

"Managers are going out of their way to seek confrontation and not negotiation.
They are behaving like dictators rather than professional public sector
managers.

"I think the public will be disgusted at the way their firefighters are being
treated. We are not looking for a fight, but we're not going to run away from
one either."

Shift working firefighters typically work two 9 hour day shifts followed by two
15 hour night shifts. This is a total of 48 hours over 4 days, which works out
as an average of 42 hours a week.

Fire crews start meeting from Monday 13th October to discuss the proposals and
their reaction. Local firefighters and FBU officials, who are also operational
firefighters, will be available for comment.

Monday 13th October Sheffield Central Fire Station meetings starts 18.30

Tuesday 14th October Doncaster Fire Station meeting starts 18.30

Wednesday 15th October Barnsley Fire Station meeting starts 18.30

Thursday 16th October Rotherham Fire Station meeting starts 16.00

Contact Information

  • Fire Brigades Union
    John Gilliver
    Brigade Chair
    07974 083381