16 July 2012
Fire service professionals facing redundancy
A group of professionals in the fire service in the north of England may need expert employment law advice after it emerged they are facing redundancy.
Some 50 support staff - ranging from technicians and trainers - have been informed they can either voluntarily lose their jobs at the West Yorkshire fire and rescue service in October or take compulsory redundancy next March, according to the Dewsbury Reporter.
This decision has been attributed to the fact the body is facing further heavy budget cuts in the near future and this latest round of cuts will mean in excess of 100 non-operational posts will have gone since 2010.
It is estimated this will help save the authority some £2.5 million annually, but David Williams, acting secretary of the Fire Brigades Union in West Yorkshire, has labelled the reductions "incredibly short-sighted".
“For front-line staff to work effectively we need the back-room staff," he explained.
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Posted by Francesca Witney