Fire strike risk to railways

As Emergency Fire Control Operators, Fire Officers and Firefighters prepare to start strike action on Friday 13 July 2001, rail workers question the effects on rail safety of the fire strikes.

The Merseyside Chief Fire Officer, Malcolm Saunders, supported by the Merseyside Fire Authority, is refusing to adhere to the unanimous decisions of the National Fire Service Disputes Panel, thereby forcing Fire Brigades Union members to take strike action. The strikes will inevitably put the public in Merseyside at risk. 

Rail workers are already concerned about safety aspects on the railways and are asking their employers to ensure that the fire strikes will not place any undue safety problems on their members and the travelling public.

Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary FBU said: “Our members are concerned about public safety whilst they are on strike, they are after all, members of the public themselves. These strikes are totally unnecessary and completely avoidable. The Fire Brigades Union is only seeking for the Merseyside Fire Authority to implement the unanimous decisions of the Fire Service National Disputes Panel.” 

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