Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

October 20, 2009 09:21 ET

South Yorkshire Fire Crews Welcome Call From Local MPs to Help Resolve Dispute

SOUTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - South Yorkshire fire crews have welcomed an intervention by local MPs in their dispute with the local fire authority. The MPs called for immediate moves to resume talks withdraw dismissal notices and for the union to call off its strike action.

The MPs called for the assistance of national negotiators from the employers and union and no preconditions being set by either side before the talks start. Changes, they said, are best achieved through agreement.

National employer and union negotiators – known as the Joint Secretaries - are regularly brought in to assist in local disputes. They have recently been brought into Lincolnshire to help broker agreement in a dispute over shifts.

Ian Murray, FBU regional secretary said: "The MPs don't let either side in this dispute off lightly, so this is not the MPs intervening on behalf of one side or the other. This is a welcome intervention by MPs who are rightly concerned.

"South Yorkshire fire crews would be happy to enter talks without the fire authority demanding we agree the outcome before they start. If the threat of mass sackings is lifted then the strike action will be halted.

"The chief officer keeps claiming the dismissals are some sort of technical move of little importance or impact. If that is so then that is even more reason to drop the threat and we can call off the strike.

"It's now down to the fire authority if it wants to enter genuine negotiations to reach an agreement. The ball is now on their side of the court and we hope to know their view of this by the end of the day."

EDM 2091 was first put down on 19th October 2009 by Clive Betts

It has been signed by 5 people.

That this House expresses great concern at the current dispute between South Yorkshire Fire Authority (SYFA) and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) which can only put the public of South Yorkshire at risk and cause damage to both parties in the dispute; believes that while ultimately there will be benefits to the public from a change to existing shift patterns this will best be achieved by an agreement which also recognises the potential disruption to the personal lives of firefighters concerned; and therefore calls on both sides to agree to refer all relevant matters immediately and without preconditions to the Joint Secretaries with the SYFA withdrawing its dismissal notices and the FBU withdrawing its threat of strike action to allow the Joint Secretaries to consider the matters in the most appropriate way.

On 19/10/09 it was signed by:
Mr Clive Betts
Mr David Blunkett
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough)
Mr Kevin Barron
Mr Eric Illsley

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