LIVERPOOL' S CHIEF fire officer has provoked a dispute with members of the FBU firefighters' union by breaking overtime agreements. Brigade secretary Les Sharratt told Socialist Worker, 'This is a fundamental attack on our members by the chief fire officer. No negotiations have taken place over this. They are trying it on.' Committee members told Socialist Worker that strike action could take place.
THE CHAIR of the FBU union in the south west of England faces disciplinary charges after he insisted on managers providing a safe level of fire cover. After the firefighters' dispute Phil Jordan was told he would be sent on a course. If he had gone it would have left crewing levels below the safe minimum. He has been charged with disobeying an order.