Fire strike talks resume

FBU General Secretary Andy Gilchrist, will travel to Liverpool on Monday 23 July to meet representatives of the Merseyside Fire Authority to discuss the first formal offer made.

The FBU National Executive is due to meet in Liverpool on Tuesday 24 July at 11.00 am at the Atlantic Thistle Hotel.

The Fire Brigades Union will hold a news conference at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 24 July at the Atlantic Thistle Hotel and there will be a mass meeting of all Merseyside FBU members at the Transport & General Workers Union, Islington, Liverpool 3 at 2.00 pm.

Andy Gilchrist, FBU General Secretary said: “At last we have received a formal offer from the Fire Authority which may form the basis of initial talks. This offer clearly will not resolve the dispute in its entirety, as it does not fully meet the four points in our trade disputes letter dated 23 May 2001, but we look forward to constructive talks on Monday.”

Les Skarratts, Merseyside FBU Brigade Secretary said: “Our members are hopeful of an early resolution to this dispute as we want to provide a proper Fire Service for the public of Merseyside. However, the messages we are getting from the Chief Fire Officer, Malcolm Saunders, seem to suggest that the dispute will drag on. He has already stopped 96 hours pay from all FBU members, even though no individual member has been on strike for more than 48 hours.”

Footnote: The First fire strike ends at 0900 hours on Saturday 21 July and the next strike is due to start at 1730 hours on Monday 23 July and will last for a further eight days.

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