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Saturday 23 September 2017

Fire Brigade defer industrial action for independent talks

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler and Sharon Cooke
Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler and Sharon Cooke

John Manning

Two days of industrial action planned by Dublin Fire Brigade which would have impacted fire stations in Fingal, have been called off after the two unions representing fire officers agreed to enter talks with Dublin City Council who operate the budget for the service across all four Dublin local authority areas, including Fingal.

Huge local support has been shown to DFB officers in Fingal in recent weeks as their campaign against proposed changes to its Emergency Medical Service ramped up.

The campaign came to a head last week as two days of industrial action on March 18 and 25 were scheduled by Siptu and Impact trade unions but that action has now been suspended following a breakthrough on talks with Dublin City Council and an intervention by City Mayor, Brendan Carr.

The unions say they have 'secured a commitment from the management of Dublin City Council to enter into an independent process, chaired by the former Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey'.

According to Siptu: 'This process will address the unions' concerns on the delivery of the Dublin Fire Brigade Fire Based Emergency Medical Service. The management of Dublin City Council has also given an unequivocal commitment that this process will be the sole and singular forum for consideration of all of these issues.'

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