STUC Women’s Conference declare support for London Firefighters

November 3rd 2010

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The 2010 Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Women's Conference, held 1-2 November 2010 in the Concert Hall, Perth has carried an emergency motion moved by Denise Christie of the FBU condemning the sacking of firefighters and expressing support for the industrial action.

“Firefighters’ Dispute”

“That this Conference condemns the sacking of over 5,500 firefighters, many of whom are women, by London Fire Brigade, and supports the industrial action taken by our sisters and brothers in the Fire Brigades Union.

“New family unfriendly shifts are being imposed. These shifts have a huge impact on the recruitment and retention of women firefighters and, if successful, will make it easier for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services to implement such shifts, which will have a negative impact on women firefighters in Scotland.

“Therefore, Conference calls upon the STUC Women’s Committee and the STUC General Council to send a message of solidarity and support to our sisters and brothers in London. Conference also condemns the action of London Fire Brigade in the sacking of 5,500 firefighters.”

ENDS

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