Malaga’s firefighters’ strike approaches end


IT LOOKS as though Malaga’s firefighters may soon be back to work after the city council agreed to new work conditions.

The council has said it is prepared to negotiate with the fire men to redraft a document regulating fire workers’ conditions, dating from 1959.  The document will see issues including training, shifts and fire stations renegotiated.

A strike had been ongoing in the province for nine months, leading to a potential criminal case for 60 firefighters who ignored calls to attend five blazes in one day.

60 firefighters face prosecution

SIXTY firefighters face criminal prosecution after ignoring five blazes while on strike.

The Malaga prosecutor’s office has referred the matter to a judge who will now decide whether the workers are guilty of abandoning their office, a matter punishable by up to two years’ suspension from work and fines.

According to reports, on June 27 five fires broke out simultaneously around the province. Sixty-one firemen were all called and asked to come to work but only one turned up.  Twelve said they could not because of child care or doctor’s appointments, three said they were out of the area, one refused to go, two were on leave and the other 42 did not pick up their phones or return the call.

In the end, Provincial firefighters and Infoca workers were left to tackle the blazes in La Corta, Campanillas, Asperones, Monte Dorado and Atabal.

A court will now decide whether the men broke the “minimum services” conditions of their strike terms, in which, “in the event of an extraordinary situation (fire in buildings, activation of the Emergency Plan or any other incident), it may be necessary to take up the necessary personnel reinforcements to deal with such situation.”

The controversy is not the first to hit firefighters in Malaga province in the last month.  Mijas Council are preparing to hand over a fire station it had been using to Fuengirola Council within the month, it has been announced.

Following a protracted legal wrangling, Mijas Council is preparing to hand back a fire station to Fuengirola after using it for several years.

The dispute looked set to reach eviction proceedings until Ana Mula, Fuengirola’s Mayor, wrote to her Mijas counterpart, Juan Carlos Maldonado, saying her council would vacate the building, which is located in Mijas.

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