Wycombe firefighters claim they are "locked out" of station on strike day

Bucks Free Press: Firefighters claim they are "locked out" of station on strike day Firefighters claim they are "locked out" of station on strike day

A FIREFIGHTER at High Wycombe Fire Station claims he and his colleagues “have been locked out” this morning, as Bucks Fire authorities say they will not accept partial performance.

Bucks Fire and Rescue say a decision was made in December as they planned contingency arrangements for when firefighters strike.

The firefighter who wanted to be kept anonymous, said: “We are not allowed to work because they don’t want to pay us at all if we are striking for part of the day.

“Bucks are the only fire service to lock out firefighters from 9am. We are available from 9am until 12pm and 5pm until 6pm but they have told us they do not accept partial performance.”

Bucks Fire and Rescue spokesman, Fraser Pearson, said: “No one has been locked out, this is part of a wider contingency plan decided last December.”

The strategies outlined say it is recommended that the authority adopts the position of not accepting partial performance from any member of staff participating in lawful industrial action.

Firefighters across Bucks planned to strike as part of the Fire Brigade Union national strike, between the hours of 12pm until 5pm, whilst agreeing to work between 9am and 12pm as well as 5pm until 6pm.

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11:10am Fri 2 May 14

Coffee man says...

An absolute disgrace, firefighters willing to work but being told not to bother unless they break the lawful industrial action. God help the managers of the fire service if any one dies outside of industrial action when the professional crews were willing to work. Hang your heads in shame senior managers and local councillors.
An absolute disgrace, firefighters willing to work but being told not to bother unless they break the lawful industrial action. God help the managers of the fire service if any one dies outside of industrial action when the professional crews were willing to work. Hang your heads in shame senior managers and local councillors. Coffee man
  • Score: 10

11:32am Fri 2 May 14

rem708 says...

"The firelighter who wanted to be.... "

Is this a self perpetuating job :-)
"The firelighter who wanted to be.... " Is this a self perpetuating job :-) rem708
  • Score: -5

1:04pm Fri 2 May 14

4-minute warning says...

Not a great decision by the Fire Authority/CFO I feel.

If before and after the action, where properly trained FFs are available; should their be a delay in response, inappropriate response or even death then surely the Fire Authority/CFO is liable?

I also believe that London can recall FFs to duty in the case of a Major Incident. If this is the case in Bucks, then perhaps the FFs can also use the "Partial Performance" strategy and refuse to attend?

I don't believe that any FF wants to resort to this or indeed strike action, it is and always must be the last line of defence. This is what it is, defence of their working conditions that were guaranteed upon joining the service. We all know what a great job the F&RS perform, it is dangerous, it is punishing on the body and is very hard going on protracted incidents. There may indeed be some 60yo staff that could squeeze through the F&RS tests and be declared fit for duty. However I'd rather someone slightly younger and fitter come to my assistance if god forbid I need it!
Not a great decision by the Fire Authority/CFO I feel. If before and after the action, where properly trained FFs are available; should their be a delay in response, inappropriate response or even death then surely the Fire Authority/CFO is liable? I also believe that London can recall FFs to duty in the case of a Major Incident. If this is the case in Bucks, then perhaps the FFs can also use the "Partial Performance" strategy and refuse to attend? I don't believe that any FF wants to resort to this or indeed strike action, it is and always must be the last line of defence. This is what it is, defence of their working conditions that were guaranteed upon joining the service. We all know what a great job the F&RS perform, it is dangerous, it is punishing on the body and is very hard going on protracted incidents. There may indeed be some 60yo staff that could squeeze through the F&RS tests and be declared fit for duty. However I'd rather someone slightly younger and fitter come to my assistance if god forbid I need it! 4-minute warning
  • Score: 8

8:21pm Fri 2 May 14

MOCOB says...

I agree. If fully trained professionals are available for a significant proportion of the shift on what basis does their management decide to refuse to pay them to work?!!
I agree. If fully trained professionals are available for a significant proportion of the shift on what basis does their management decide to refuse to pay them to work?!! MOCOB
  • Score: 3

9:12am Sat 3 May 14

piran says...

If they do not work they do not get paid
If they do not work they do not get paid piran
  • Score: 1

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