National Fire Service negotiators "Not Reluctant" to assist in seeking resolution of Merseyside dispute

The national fire service negotiators are not reluctant to provide assistance to help bring a resolution to the fire dispute in Merseyside.

Andy Dark, FBU assistant general secretary and one of the National Joint Secretaries, said: “I am concerned that some within the fire authority are making public statements suggesting we are reluctant to assist on Merseyside. Helping to resolve disputes is what we are here to do.

“The National Joint Secretaries have helped resolve local disputes across the country for years. The last one was in Hertfordshire which involved many of the same issues as the dispute in Merseyside.

“Not only am I not reluctant, I do not detect any reluctance by the national employers’ joint secretary. There is no question that if we can assist on Merseyside we will.”

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