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Volunteer Ambulance driving for SCAS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nigel McCullen - Chair   
Monday, 19 January 2015 18:29

Volunteer Ambulance driving for SCAS - Update

Further to our previous article, the need for HFRS staff to be drivers for SCAS may have subsided due to the crisis not being as critical as first thought at the moment.

However, the Service has been approached by SCAS to potentially provide drivers for the upcoming Ambulance strike which we believe is on the 29th January.

As previously detailed we recommend no-one volunteers for this work due to national negotiations on this subject. Obviously, it is doubly imperative that no Union Member works for another agency whilst their Trade Union Members are on strike.

Watch this space for more information...


Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 18:52
Urgent Notice to all FBU Members PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nigel McCullen - Chair   
Saturday, 17 January 2015 10:43

Urgent Notice to all FBU Members

It has become apparent that HFRS are asking for whole-time and retained Firefighter volunteers to;
1.    Drive Ambulances for SCAS in times of high demand when on and off duty.
2.    Take on co-responding duties on a Fire service shift, when above standard crewing. (wholetime only)

None of this has been consulted on with the FBU.

It is extremely important that you do not volunteer for any of this work.

In October 2014 an FBU circular was distributed detailing the national negotiations between the FBU and the NJC, our employers, on several issues around duties outside a Firefighters Rolemap. One of these issues is emergency medical response – e.g. co-responding, falls, on-site trauma care, provision of community training, are part of these negotiations.  You can find a copy of the circular here.

Please keep an eye on the website, or speak to your Branch Rep for further advice.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 18:29
Fire Chief urges government to negotiate over pensions dispute PDF Print E-mail
Written by Webmaster   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:49

West Midlands chief fire officer Phil Loach has written to members of parliament in the West Midlands urging a negotiated settlement be found to the ongoing firefighters’ pension dispute.

In his letter to the West Midland MPs CFO Loach states that the pension dispute can only be resolved by the Westminster government and cites the continued negotiations in Scotland and Wales which have resulted in no further strike action being called, and in Northern Ireland where the trade dispute has been settled.

Firefighters in England walked out for four consecutive days earlier this month as the minister laid the controversial regulations for the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme in parliament.

The CFO also describes that, despite the Westminster government’s repeated assurances that “robust resilience plans are in place”, during strike action fire services are only “one serious incident away from a situation where we would not have the resources to manage” having only 10 – 20 fire appliances available, rather than the regular 60.

West Midlands Fire Service have 519 employees who are currently members of the 1992 scheme and will be required to transfer to the 2015 scheme next April. In order to achieve the same pension at retirement that they originally signed up to they would now have to work an additional 10 years.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The West Midlands CFO is completely right when he says that the dispute can only be resolved by the Westminster government.

“We have provided them with an evidence based case about why the pension regulations are unfair, unaffordable and unworkable.

“They need to start listening to what firefighters and now CFOs have to say.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:52
FBU Rally to Support Ricky Matthews PDF Print E-mail
Written by Webmaster   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:37

The 9th December 2014 saw a mass FBU rally in support of sacked Firefighter Ricky Matthews, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Ricky was dismissed from employment for undertaking industrial action. Hamspshire FBU members attended the rally in support of Ricky on the day of FBU strikes throughout England. For those who were unable to attend the rally an audio podcast of key speaches has been compiled and available to listen to here:





New Strike Action Announced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rob Stone   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 13:45

It is with sadness we announce another strike date to fight against this Governments attack on pensions and capability dismissal risks for firefighters in England. At 0900hrs on 09/12/2014 for a period of 24 hours FBU members in Hampshire will undertake industrial action. This will be white watch days and green watch nights.


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