Crisis averted as firefighters and Council reach agreement

by Fiona Heavey

by Fiona Heavey

STRIKE action by Leitrim firefighters was diverted on Monday night following intervention by the Labour Relations Commission.

SIPTU representing the county’s part time firefighters sat down with Leitrim County Council all day Monday, March 14 and reached an agreement late Monday evening which will see the mandatory breather apparatus training completed by the entire brigade and the 12 part time fire fighters who were stood down, immediately restored to duty.

Leitrim County Council stated, “Following lengthy discussions between Leitrim County Council and SIPTU under the auspices of a senior official from the LRC, agreement has been reached between the parties. Outstanding matters have been resolved to the satisfaction of the Council. The Council is pleased that a satisfactory outcome to this dispute has been achieved.”

SIPTU Spokesperson Anthony McCormack said the LRC had achieved a “great result.” Mr McCormack said the issues of concern with the training course have been taken out and they will be discussed at a national level. The 12 fire fighters who have been re-instated will now sit the course in it’s original format with out the pass/ fail element. He said there is a provision that if there are any deficient areas identified by management the instructors will try and resolve these on the day, provide further training locally or discuss another day of training elsewhere. Mr McCormack said the fire fighters are “delighted to get back to providing a service for the people of Leitrim.”

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