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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Industrial Action and Staff Redundancies

Reference No: 106/2014
Request Date: 24/11/2014

Request


‘Industrial action’ refers to the four consecutive days of strike action which began at 18.00 on 31 October 2014 until 18.00 on 4 November 2014

Section 1 – Cost of Industrial Action

1. What has been the total cost of providing fire cover during the period of industrial action which began on 31 October and ended on 4 November to your Fire and Rescue Authority?

2. Please provide a breakdown of these costs as categorised by your Fire and Rescue Authority’s account reporting system.

3. Please provide contingency budget costings for further strikes in:

a) the remainder of this financial year
b) for the next financial year

Section 2 – Contingency Arrangements

4. Please give an overview of the Authority’s contingency arrangements during the period of industrial action which began on 31 October and ended on 4 November

5. How many contingency staff were working during the period of industrial action which began on 31 October and ended on 4 November?

6. Of the contingency staff working during the period of industrial action which began on 31 October and ended on 4 November, how many were:
a. Fully trained and able to use breathing apparatus effectively?
b. Fully trained and able to use equipment designed to cut people out of vehicles following road traffic accidents?

7. What were the crewing levels on front line appliances during the period of industrial action which began on 31 October and ended on 4 November?

Section 3 – Staff Employment

8. What is the total number of firefighter posts that have been made compulsorily redundant in financial year:

a. 2010/2011
b. 2011/2012
c. 2012/2013
d. 2013/2014
e. 2014/2015

9. What is the total number of firefighter posts that have been made voluntarily redundant in financial year:

a. 2010/2011
b. 2011/2012
c. 2012/2013
d. 2013/2014
e. 2014/2015

10. What is the total number of non-uniformed staff that have been made compulsorily redundant in financial year:

a. 2010/2011
b. 2011/2012
c. 2012/2013
d. 2013/2014
e. 2014/2015

11. What is the total number of non-uniformed staff that have been made voluntarily redundant in financial year:

a. 2010/2011
b. 2011/2012
c. 2012/2013
d. 2013/2014
e. 2014/2015

12. Of those firefighters who were made compulsorily or voluntarily redundant how many have been subsequently reengaged in some form, for example as a retained firefighter, by your organisation, since 2010?

13. Of those non-uniformed staff who were made voluntarily or compulsorily redundant how many have been subsequently reengaged in some form, by your organisation since 2010?

Section 4 – Additional Information

14. Please provide me with copies of the minutes and notes of any formal or informal meetings and any other reports (including draft reports, option papers and internal correspondence) since 6 May 2010 that discusses the financial implications of industrial action, contingency planning for industrial action and employment information.

Response


Section 1

1. The industrial action has been virtually cost neutral; being the cost of contingency of £89,738 less the deductions made to the operational staff taking part in the industrial action of £97,653.
2. Cost of contingency – pay £79,952, nic £6,244, pension £3,542
Deduction made – pay £74,410 , nic £7,517 , pension £ 15,726
3. A financial contingency budget has not been set as the costs have been cost neutral and can be absorbed into the planned annual budget

Section 2

4. SFRS held a number of logistical planning cells in preparation for the industrial action which identified numbers of personnel available and assigned them to various locations throughout the county. Information was shared amongst strategic partners and a communications strategy
regarding risk reduction was implemented.

5.
31/10/14=31 Immediate plus six retained appliances
01/11/14=53 Immediate plus ten retained appliances
02/11/14= 57 Immediate plus ten retained appliances
03/11/14= 57 Immediate plus eleven retained appliances
04/11/14= 28 Immediate plus eleven retained appliances

6.   
01/11/14=51
02/11/14= 49
03/11/14= 54
04/11/14= 27

b. 01/11/14=51
02/11/14= 49
03/11/14= 54
04/11/14= 27

7. All PRL’s were crewed with four or five personnel. Our smaller fire appliances were crewed with three personnel as per normal working

Section 3 – Staff Employment

8.
a. 2010/2011 - Nil
b. 2011/2012 - Nil
c. 2012/2013 - Nil
d. 2013/2014 - Nil
e. 2014/2015 – Nil

9.
a. 2010/2011 - Nil
b. 2011/2012 - Nil
c. 2012/2013 - Nil
d. 2013/2014 – Nil
e. 2014/2015 -Nil

10.
a. 2010/2011 - 4
b. 2011/2012 - 1
c. 2012/2013 - -Nil
d. 2013/2014 -Nil
e. 2014/2015 - 2

11.
a. 2010/2011 -Nil
b. 2011/2012 -Nil
c. 2012/2013 - 10
d. 2013/2014 - 20
e. 2014/2015

12. Nil

13. - 1