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Hampshire fire authority breaks law

An Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled, on 22 November, that Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service broke the law by victimising three firefighters for carrying out Trade Union duties. Hampshire fire service suspended one firefighter for 19 months for attempting to organise an official trade union meeting...

Merseyside Chief Fire Officer wrong again

A further dispute between the Merseyside Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Merseyside Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Malcolm Saunders was resolved in favour of the FBU yesterday when the Adjudicator Jeremy Beech (ex-CFO of Kent Fire Brigade) ruled that Formby Fire Station in Merseyside should remain...

Fire service pay increase

The National Joint Council today has formally endorsed the Fire Service Pay Formula increase of 3.9 per cent. This is as a result of negotiations between the Fire Brigades Union and the Fire Service Employers. A full breakdown of the figures will be sent out shortly. However, for the Qualified...

FBU calls for measured response to terrorist attacks

Speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton today, Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, called for a measured response to the recent terrorist attacks. Moving an Emergency Motion on the recent attacks in America Andy Gilchrist, who has just returned from the USA...

FBU mourns loss of American firefighters

The Fire Brigades Union and its members extend their sympathies and condolences to the friends and families of all those who died in the recent tragedy in America. In particular our thoughts are with the families, friends and comrades of our brothers and sisters in the Fire Service who have...

More financial waste by CFO Saunders

Two Merseyside firefighters have concluded lengthy legal battles to be awarded their ill health pensions. Both firefighters were medically unfit for duty and should have been retired but retirement and payment of pensions owing had been delayed, in one case for almost two years. Mr. Brian Carter...

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...

Fire chief steals caravans

Police officers and security guards acting on the instructions of the Chief Fire Officer Malcolm Saunders last night forcibly removed caravans from the forecourts of Crosby and Kirkdale Fire Stations. In an inflammatory action last night the Chief Officer has entrenched the dispute further....

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