消防和救援服务雇主单方面取消了与消防队工会(FBU)的一项突破性协议,该协议使消防员能够协助NHS和医疗部门应对COVID-19。1月13日(周三)晚,国家雇主发布了终止协议的沟通文件,就执行高风险COVID-19职责的消防员的健康和安全措施进行了谈判。

这一决定似乎得到了国家消防局长委员会的支持。这是在没有事先通知消防队员或FBU的情况下进行的。FBU表示,解雇员工的原因是雇主希望改变此前达成的安全安排,这些安排保护了承担额外工作的消防员。

其他安全措施

根据该协议,消防队员在正常工作的情况下,必须提交新型冠状病毒感染症(COVID-19病毒)聚合酶链反应(PCR)检测结果为阴性,从而消除交叉感染的危险,避免大规模爆发。然而,在谈判中,国家雇主试图在国家一级取消这种保护。

工会提出了一系列替代的安全措施,使活动能够安全进行

在圣诞节和新年期间,工会提出了一系列替代安全措施,以确保活动安全进行,但这些措施都被雇主拒绝。雇主随后单方面退出了协议。因此,目前对履行COVID-19职责的消防员没有国家保护措施。

消防救援部门

FBU称这是雇主在消防员安全方面的“不负责任”,并表示,其他部门的健康和安全做法不均衡,不应该在消防和救援服务中重复。在2020年和2021年大流行期间,消防员以消防队工会(FBU)为代表,开展了许多与covid - 19相关的额外活动,以协助维护社区安全。

该协议最初是通过三方机制建立的,三方机制包括FBU、国家消防部门雇主和国家消防局长委员会(NFCC)。最近,通过地方当局消防和救援服务国家联合委员会(NJC),它得到了更新。另外,FBU还敦促全国火灾及救援团体“全国雇主”重返谈判桌,以全面恢复国民协议。在发布进一步的指导意见之前,工会将与会员进行交流。

国家安全标准

FBU秘书长Matt Wrack说:“这一不负责任的举动来自消防和救援服务雇主,威胁到消防员、他们的家人和公众的生命安全。FBU始终真诚地与雇主和消防负责人合作,使消防员能够安全地承担新的工作,帮助他们的社区度过疫情。但雇主们已经决定开始在安全问题上进行最低限度的竞争,放弃保护员工安全和服务免受大规模疫情影响的责任。”

执行COVID-19职责的消防员挽救了生命,我们很自豪能帮助他们安全地完成任务。”

雇主们没有支持消防员的救生工作,反而背离了使之成为可能的协议。通过取消国家安全标准,他们将员工和服务暴露在一种致命的疾病中——所有这些显然都是对工会的政治攻击,仅仅因为我们正努力确保工作的安全。毫无疑问,执行COVID-19职责的消防员挽救了生命,我们为帮助他们安全完成任务而感到自豪。”

国家安全协议

“我们深感遗憾的是,雇主们取消了这一至关重要的协议,并敦促他们重新引入至关重要的国家安全保护措施,恢复谈判。他们应该停止玩弄政治,坐到谈判桌前解决这个问题。

英国劳工联合会秘书长弗朗西斯·奥格雷迪说:“消防员为抗击疫情做出了巨大贡献——帮助弱势群体,驾驶救护车,支持NHS和护理服务。但是安全是第一位的。COVID-19在当地消防局和社区肆虐的后果太可怕了,难以想象。我们谁也不知道什么时候需要打999电话。雇主和消防队长背弃了国家安全协议,他们也背弃了我们所有人。他们必须回到谈判桌上来。”

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