Date Published : April 2nd, 2015 Published By : admin
Hundreds of Fire-fighters from across Ireland will march in Dublin tomorrow, to highlight their concerns in relation to providing an effective fire service to the public along with Health, Safety and Welfare issues which Union members believe are not being addressed by the Department of Environment and Local Government under the ‘Keeping Communities Safe’ policy document.
The ’March & Rally’ is being organised by the SIPTU, LAPPO and IMPACT Trade Unions and it is expected over 300 hundred Full-time and Retained fire-fighters from throughout Ireland will attend.
The rally will begin at 12pm from Parnell Square, and continue onto O‘Connell Street, College Green, Nassau Street and ending at Kildare Street.
In a Statement to Emergencytimes.com SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, said: “Firefighter members of SIPTU and Impact are marching to show their opposition to attempts by the Government to unilaterally implement reductions in crewing levels which could jeopardise the safety of both firefighters and the public.”
Antoinette Keegan will be a key speaker at the rally while Brendan O’ Brien and Con Casey of SIPTU and Phil McFadden of IMPACT will also voice their concerns on behalf of their members.
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government began a process in January of seeking to implement changes under its ‘Keeping Communities Safe’ plan which is feared will threaten the effectiveness of the fire service.
SIPTU National Full-time Firefighter Committee chairman, Brendan Carroll told Emergency Times “In seeking to implement crew reductions, the Department appears to be authorising fire services to unilaterally breach national agreements, including the Code of Practice for Emergency Services, by attempting to force through changes without proper consultation with the workers’ union or carrying out the relevant risk assessments.”
SIPTU National Retained Firefighter Committee chairman, Ciarán Scallan, said: “It is imperative that we show the Government that we will not accept its reckless and dangerous actions which could put the safety of our members and the public at risk.”