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Dublin firemen agree to LRC talks
04 Sep 2015 00:12
Firefighters and management at the Dublin Fire Brigade have agreed to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission in a bid to avert industrial action in a row over recruitment.
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Dublin firefighters belonging to SIPTU voted 96% in favour of industrial action last week, with 87% prepared to back full strike action.
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The dispute centres on how vacancies are to be filled in the brigade, which employs 800 full-time firefighters.
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There are currently 80 vacancies but that is expected to rise to 100 by the end of the year.
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SIPTU had urged the council to hold an immediate open competition as it believed that an internal competition would not be able to secure sufficient recruits.
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The union argues that without immediate recruitment, there could be health and safety risks, including some fire appliances unable to be deployed due to understaffing.
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It is understood that last May, unions and Dublin City Council agreed to fill the vacancies by open competition.
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However, the Council has since proceeded with a confined or internal competition.
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SIPTU's Disputes Committee was due to decide at the end of the week whether to take industrial action.
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Dublin City Council confirmed this afternoon that it had sought the assistance of the LRC and both sides have confirmed that they will attend talks expected to get underway within the next fortnight.
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