National industrial action SIPTU retained fire fighters


13 June 2023

The Trade Union SIPTU has advised that its members in the Retained Fire Service, including those with Longford Fire Service, as part of Longford County Council, intend to escalate their industrial action today, Tuesday, 13 June with rolling strikes to an average of 50 per cent of Retained Fire Stations and ultimately all out strikes from Tuesday, 20 June.

As part of the normal industrial relations protocol of agreeing contingency plans, Longford County Council, like all local authorities, has engaged with SIPTU at local level to put in place robust contingency arrangements. Longford County Council wishes to assure the public that every effort will be made to mitigate any risk to them arising from any industrial action by SIPTU members.

All households and businesses should ensure they have working smoke alarms and should continue to call 999 or 112 in the case of an emergency.

SIPTU has confirmed that throughout the strike action its members will comply with the provisions of the Code of Practice on emergency disputes, to ensure that fire services are provided even in a strike situation. SIPTU has confirmed that all emergency calls involving life-threatening situations will be responded to.