Decision will put lives at risk, says mayor
GREATER Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says fire bosses’ plans to stop attending medical emergencies as part of an ongoing pay row could put lives at risk.
Ahead of the action, Andy Burnham has now written to the FBU’s national boss, Matt Wrack, pointing out that while he is in favour of fairer pay for firefighters which he says is a national issue Monday’s action will be ‘unfair’ to local people.
“I also believe it puts Greater Manchester firefighters in a difficult position,” he writes.
“They will be unfairly torn between wanting to do their best for the people of Greater Manchester and being loyal to
“There is no doubt in my mind that this scheme has saved lives.
“If firefighters cease to respond to medical emergencies like cardiac arrests from Monday then people living, working and visiting Greater Manchester who need help may have their chances of survival reduced.”
In his letter Mr Burnham says he agrees firefighters nationwide should be paid better, while adding that if medical response is adopted as national policy then that should be ‘permanently recognised’ in their wages.
“However, I am strongly of the opinion that it is not right for the successful pilot in Greater Manchester to be played into these national negotiations,” he adds.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham their union. I would therefore ask you to withdraw the directive and allow them to respond voluntarily if they wish.