Tomorrows planned day of industrial action by SIPTU members of Dublin Fire Brigade has been called off following meetings between Dublin City Council and fire fighter representatives on Friday, when both parties agreed to a set of proposals tabled by the workplace relations commission.
SIPTU members had accepted proposals on a recruitment plan that will see numbers in the service brought up to what the union called safe minimum manning levels. Sector organiser Brendan O’ Brien said ‘a time-lined recruitment and promotion programme within DFB is needed in order to meet this agreement’.
“The main provisions of this agreement include a commitment by both parties that numbers in the Dublin Fire Brigade should be brought up to 963, in line with the agreed safe manning levels that have been in place since 1991. In order to meet this commitment a time-lined recruitment and promotion programme within DFB has been agreed.
It has been agreed to establish a joint working group to look at ways to address the current shortages in firefighters pending the arrival of the new recruits.
Gerry Harris, SIPTU’s DFB convenor said the agreement, once implemented, “will ensure that fire-fighters can provide the best service possible to the residents of Dublin”.
The planned industrial action was due to take place on the first day of National Fire Safety Week which runs from 5th to 12th October.