Come Here To Me has, in the past, covered the Dublin Fire Brigade strike of 1988 on numerous occasions. Examples would include this copy of Class Struggle from the period, and scans from the magazine of the British Fire Brigade Union (FBU) during the dispute.
Here, we bring you the logo of the new IFESA (Irish Fire And Emergency Services Association) trade union. It is one of the first breaks with SIPTU to emerge out of what many in the union see as its failings to protect and represent its workers in recent times. I don’t doubt there will be more.
Mark Hillard of the Tribune wrote a piece on the new union recently, available here. SIPTU had, rather shamefully, attempted to purge union members who wished to establish a new option. That option is there now.
Best of luck to the IFESA.
Excerpt from letter of general secretary:
It is undoubtedly the case that we are currently operating in the most challenging environment ever for workers and their representatives. However, this too will pass. We must identify our ambitions and aspirations for our members and for the community on the basis of immediate, short term, medium term and long term objectives. We must commit to you, our members, that we will pursue your issues, your claims and your concerns as instructed by you; without fear or favour.