Merseyside fire crews have attacked fire authority calls for talks to resolve their dispute because they are delayed by five days. The authority has written to the union today asking for a meeting on 11 September on the eve of 8 days of strike action.
Merseyside FBU brigade secretary said: “Their reluctance to enter talks is perfectly clear. They were dragged kicking and screaming into the last set of talks and couldn’t wait to leave them.
“The talks never take more than a couple of hours. We can do that this afternoon, tonight or tomorrow morning.
“This Friday they have organised a two-hour ‘Awayday’ at Aintree racecourse at the expense of council taxpayers. They can make time for drinks and nibbles but are again too busy to meet and thrash out a deal to end a fire strike.
“Merseyside fire crews are furious at the approach of the fire authority to these talks. They are behaving as if they are relishing this dispute rather than looking forward to resolving it.”