Fire brigade union urged to re-consider strike action

Published: 21st June 2012

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Acting Commissioner John Benson has urged the Fire Brigade Employees' Union (FBEU) to carefully consider the widespread strike action proposed for today (Thursday, 21 June).

The FBEU is meeting with members this morning regarding proposed changes to workers compensation legislation and has indicated its intention to recommend to its members to strike for several hours.

Acting Commissioner Benson said the priority for FRNSW and its firefighters should be the safety of the public.

"I am deeply concerned that the FBEU is considering such widespread industrial action.

"My concern, and that of Commissioner Greg Mullins, is the well-being and safety of our firefighters but also of the community of NSW."

Acting Commissioner Benson said the union had indicated that the proposed industrial action would primarily impact the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle areas.

"I have initiated a number of contingency plans to ensure that, as an agency, we continue to provide fire and emergency protection to the people of NSW, but I urge all firefighters to consider the impacts widespread strike action will have on the community." Acting Commissioner Benson said.

"I have been in contact with the union and I am hopeful that together we can find a way forward that is in the best interests of the community that we serve."