Tuesday 23 January 2018

Crews demand strike action ballot

Marese McDonagh

A FIREfighters' union is to push for a national ballot on industrial action to support 27 members who have been suspended in Roscommon.

The row between Roscommon County Council and firefighters has been referred to the Labour Court and, last night, chief fire officer Cathal McConn said he was hopeful that a resolution would be reached at Thursday's sitting.

Talks at the Labour Relations Commission broke down last Friday without agreement.

There were angry scenes outside Roscommon County Council headquarters yesterday as about 70 protesters turned out to support the suspended firefighters.

The mayor of Roscommon, Eugene Murphy, who has welcomed the referral of the dispute to the Labour Court, was urged by angry demonstrators to seek the reinstatement of the members who have been stood down.

They were suspended in a row about the introduction of new training procedures.

The protest was organised by the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association.

Chairman John Kidd said: "Our members believe this is a national issue and they are pushing for a national ballot on industrial action."

Irish Independent

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