Essex FBU secretary: "Chief needs a change of heart, not just a change of tune"
Keith Flynn, Essex FBU Secretary: “Chief needs a change of heart, not just a change of tune.”
Essex fire crews gave a luke-warm reception to calls by the chief fire officer for cooperation over the biggest spending cuts in living memory. The call comes after successive years of cuts to numbers of frontline firefighters and 999 services in Essex and without any end in sight to the 16-month long dispute and on-going industrial action.
“So, whilst we cautiously welcome the chief’s public call for cooperation on the coalition Government’s spending cuts, what we actually need to see is a genuine commitment to meaningful talks, mutual respect and openness and transparency of information. We shall continue to seek cooperative talks with senior managers and fire authority councillors and we hope they will be forthcoming. So we repeat our previous requests for grown up discussions with the service and wait for their call.”
“We would also welcome hearing the kind of robust, public statements defending frontline 999 services from our fire chiefs as we have been hearing from chief police constables around the country in recent weeks and days.”
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