Fire Service To Vote On Industrial Action

(BBC) – FIREFIGHTERS IN ESSEX will be voting on whether industrial action should be taken over proposed job cuts.

The fire authority in the county wants to reduce jobs, said the Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU).

The chief fire officer, David Johnson, said the service was working in a difficult economic climate and called union officials ‘duplicitous and underhand.’

If the results are in favour of continuing the dispute, the union will decide what action to take.

The union says the authority is targeting frontline crew, instead of making genuine savings; but has said they would stop short of strike action.

A last-minute meeting between the FBU and fire chiefs failed to reach an agreement.

… (BBC, 20/08/2009) – Talks fail to solve fire dispute


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