Industrial Action

Retained firefighters taking industrial action warn service ‘close to collapse’

The action involving 2,000 retained firefighters at more than 200 stations nationwide is scheduled to last one week

  • June 6, 2023
Retained firefighters are not full-time employees and are instead paid a retainer to be on call for fire stations. Picture: Getty

Approximately 2,000 SIPTU members who work as retained firefighters at more than 200 fire stations around the country are engaging in a week of industrial action.

The trade union said the retained firefighters are striking to ensure that the Government’s report on the future of the service will be implemented to resolve the “recruitment and retention crisis that threatens to collapse this essential and life-saving community resource”.

The action came into effect after midnight on ...