Merseyside fire brigades union strike ballot continues

In a bizarre twist today, an employee of Merseyside Fire & Civil Defence Authority arrived in the High Court in London in an attempt to halt a ballot process, which is now under way as a result of a trade dispute between FBU members in Merseyside and Merseyside Fire & Civil Defence Authority.

The FBU’s somewhat bemused legal team had already notified the Authority that their challenge was misplaced and premature. At the hearing all parties agreed that there was indeed no reason to proceed today. This was approved by the Judge and the hearing has been adjourned until next week. This means that the strike ballot in Merseyside continues.

Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary said:

“Malcolm Saunders, a senior employee of the Authority has attempted to stop this ballot in a court of law when he should be talking to the Merseyside Fire & Civil Defence Authority who can, if they wish, end this trade dispute by acquiescing to the demands of the Fire Brigades Union.

"Firefighters and Emergency Fire Control staff in Merseyside do not want to go on strike, but they are being forced into this position by a Fire Authority that refuses to implement decisions of the National Fire Service Disputes Panel.”

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