Sunday 23 October 2016

Row over recruitment for fire brigade


FIREFIGHTERS are to ballot on industrial action in a row over 90 vacancies in Dublin Fire Brigade.

Siptu has claimed that city council chief executive Owen Keegan has refused to implement an agreement reached in May to fill vacancies.

A letter from Siptu to Mr Keegan, seen by the Herald, outlines major concerns for the safety of firefighters and the public caused by the delay in filling the positions.

In the letter, Siptu states that an agreement with Mr Keegan was reached on May 28 to fill firefighter vacancies by open competition.

However, it said this had now been changed, without agreement, to a situation where the vacancies would filled from within staff in the four local authorities in Dublin.


Siptu said that the change of approach will mean the recruitment of new staff will be delayed and have claimed it will "compromise the safety and welfare of our members in Dublin Fire Brigade, as well as the public who depend on this critical service".

In the letter Siptu also claims that low staffing levels are "resulting in management trying to mitigate these shortages by utilising overtime and the cancelling of essential safety critical training".

It is understood that Mr Keegan has responded to the issues raised by Siptu in a letter, but the union last night said it had yet to receive it.

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