As FBU members head toward the first national strike in quarter of a century, the FBU have launched a major initiative aimed at raising awareness of the potential dangers society faces without a Professional Fire Service.
With the Government already admitting that fire cover during a Fire Service strike will be wholly inadequate, we will be reminding managers of industry, transport and sports grounds that they must consider reviewing their risk assessments which they will have done in regard to: The Workplace (Fire Precautions) Regulations and some under the Management of Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Regulations.
Andy Gilchrist, FBU General Secretary said: “We realise that this may mean that Football Stadiums, some transport concerns and certain key industries may have to seriously curtail, if not close down their operations.” He went on to say: “However, if it is a choice between the safety of the public while travelling, or at work or play, then there must be no lowering of standards. We expect that revised Risk Assessments will of course be provided for Industry Safety Reps.”
Notes for Editors
• We will be launching this initiative at 10.00 am tomorrow, 8th October 2002, at:
BASF Complex, Opposite Billingham Fire Station, Seal Sands Road, Billingham, Cleveland, England
BP Petrochemical Refinery, Boness Road, Grangemouth, Scotland
Also, this initiative will be launched at:
Belfast Shipyard, Belfast, Northern Ireland and
Milford Haven Complex, Milford Haven, Wales, no later than 9th October 2002.
• The Pay Claim is for a £30,000 wage for Wholetime Professional Firefighters and Emergency Fire Control staff. Pay parity for Professional Firefighters working the Retained duty system and a new Pay Formula to maintain these rates for the future.
• Currently, Professional Firefighters are paid £21,531 per annum.
• Emergency Fire Control Officers are paid 92% of this rate.
• Professional Retained Firefighters are paid substantially less than their Wholetime colleagues i.e. £6.20 per hour.
• Currently, Firefighters pay is linked to a National Formula which was borne out of the only National Strike ever in the UK Fire Service, in 1977.