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STATEMENT FROM THE UK FIRE EMPLOYERS ON FIREFIGHTERS BALLOT RESULT

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The UK fire employers have condemned the Fire Brigades Union ...
The UK fire employers have condemned the Fire Brigades Union decisionto

call for immediate strike action in the light of their ballot majority

result. The employers reiterated that to press ahead with unnecessary

strike action rather than waiting only six weeks until the independent

review is due to report was a mistake that could cost lives.

Fire-fighters are being poorly served by a union for whom modernisation is a

'dirty word'. The FBU knows that there is every chance that the independent

review will produce a favourable financial outcome for their members in

exchange for further modernisation. However, the Union is clearly of the

opinion that by calling for immediate strike action it can force either

Government or the fire employers to capitulate without having to accept

modernisation of the service. It has sorely misjudged fire authorities

commitment to delivering an improved service that meets the demands of the

21st century.

We would appeal to the union to consider a jointly agreed extension to the

period for industrial action to be taken that will allow the independent

inquiry to report without damaging their future right to industrial action.

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