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EVERY FIREFIGHTER IN GREATER MANCHESTER TO BE SACKED
 

Star date: 19th September 2016

FIRE BRIGADES UNION `ASTONISHED' AT MASS SACKINGS

Fire and Rescue Service managers have announced plans to sack every frontline firefighter in the area, totalling 1250, states the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Ė and only those who agree to new imposed conditions of service will get their jobs back.

"To start the process for dismissing firefighters to then simply re-engage them on an un-negotiated contract is really appalling" says Greater Manchester brigade secretary Gary Keary.

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GM Firefighters Firefighters on strike in Broughton 2013
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Greater Manchester firefighters said they are "astonished" that fire and rescue service managers have announced plans to sack every frontline firefighter in the area, totalling 1250

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) managers are planning to sack all of its firefighters using Section 188 of the Trade Union Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, then re-engage those who agree to a new 12-hour shift system. 

The whole process has begun with limited discussion and no agreement from Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members states the union, which represents around 95% of all firefighters in Greater Manchester.

The proposed new arrangements mean that one in five firefighter posts will be slashed, 250 posts in total, with the remainder having worse conditions imposed on them. Firefighters would hardly see their families under the new 12-hour shift arrangements, states the union.

"We are staggered that GMFRS would jeopardise relations with its workforce in this aggressive way" says Greater Manchester brigade secretary Gary Keary "To start the process for dismissing firefighters to then simply re-engage them on an un-negotiated contract is really appalling, and a serious breach of the agreed mechanisms for industrial relations in the UK fire and rescue service. 

"We at the FBU will do everything we can to resolve what could turn into a bitter and damaging dispute using agreed procedures" he adds "Since the notice of the sacking proposals was issued, we have been contacted by lots of angry FBU members. We will continue to consult with them regarding the best way forward. This is the third change to shift systems in Greater Manchester since 2006 Ė surely firefighters are entitled to some sort of stability in their working lives."

Figures released by GMFRS show an increase of 140% in all rescues over the last twelve months, alongside an extremely worrying threefold increase in fire deaths, and firefighters in the region are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact of repeated cuts on public safety.

Paul Gerrard wrote
at 16:07:35 on 21 September 2016
@wrote: How is the sacking of fire-fighters a Labour Party issue? In case you hadn't noticed the fire and rescue committee is totally dominated by LABOUR councillors, that's why. We are heartily sick of Labour doing the Tories dirty work. Labour Party members must shower the committee with emails and phone calls telling them to back off. I think the FBU by now must be having second thoughts about re-affiliating to Labour if this is how they are treated....

wrote
at 10:24:36 on 21 September 2016
Am I wrong, or are the posts of a certain resident of the Quays area more political posturing in preparation for an election rather than honest appraisals of problems?

Michael James Felse wrote
at 09:25:25 on 21 September 2016
There must be a £1.6 million fund set aside to enable elected decision makers to be sued by the local residents put at risk by their local councils. The fund from the Greater Manchester new Mayor's billion pounds budget will make local Councillors and the bad decision makers realise they will be personally taken to task. I already said no compulsory redundancies in our public sector is an absolute must to give our region the post Brexit upper hand in this I include Fireservices. Felse.

wrote
at 09:25:05 on 21 September 2016
Paul, for the past 6 years we have had the Tories in power, how on earth is this a Labour Party issue?? An MP and Mayor do not have the power to stop this disgusting situation.

Paul Gerrard wrote
at 06:22:55 on 21 September 2016
Outrageous. Absolutely outrageous. We are told we have an anti-austerity Labour Party, Mayor and MP, aren't we? Time they put a stop to this.

Scott cooper wrote
at 09:28:46 on 20 September 2016
Some years ago now I applied to join the fire service. I passed all the entrance exams, fitness tests etc. What let me down was I made a very small mistake assembling a hacksaw. I was told I had failed due to not concentrating. If these men and women are subject to 12 hour shifts then they will be tired and mistakes happen when you are tired. The public helps pay for this service in our Council Tax. Why don't we get a say what happens.

Jill Royle wrote
at 07:45:11 on 20 September 2016
It beggars belief that a public service such as the Fire Service is to succumb to this despicable treatment. Like other emergency services the work is physically, emotionally and mental challenging! Our firefighters go through such a tough selection process to ultimately put their lives at risk for strangers, and even empty buildings. I for one will do everything I can to support our firefighters. It isn't rocket science if you look after your workforce be it men, women or life stock you will increase your yield. Our firefighters should not be expected to work these extended shifts the piers that be clearly do not have the publics best interest at heart, and most definately not the welfare of these men and women who risk the most horrific injuries for us. Fight the good fight each and every one. ✊🏻

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