Formal Grievances

FOI Number: FOI22144

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Freedom of Information

Published on 12 April 2023

Ref: FOI/22144

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST  

West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 14th December 2022

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request.

For each of the calendar years 2019, 2020, 2021, and this year to date, please can you provide figures on the following:

  1. How many formal grievances have been raised with the service by female members of staff and female firefighters regarding complaints of harassment, inappropriate behaviour and assault?
  • How many claims have been submitted to employment tribunal regarding the above;
  • How many of those claims have settled prior to a full/remedy hearing;
  • What was the settlement figure in each claim?

Reply

WMFS regularly publish into our Scrutiny Committee on these cases via the ‘Dispute Resolution Report’ which are publicly available. Therefore, this information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning our formal grievances can be found on Committee Management Information System (CMIS) website at the following link:

https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/

Please note:

Dispute Resolution Report’ are published as both part of the agenda pack and as separate items. You will need to go into each meeting and see if a Dispute Resolution is listed (not all meetings had them) and you will then be able to download the reports specifically.

Please use the “search” function and documents please search for “Dispute Resolution Report”

For an example, please use link below for Dispute Resolution Report covering period 01/07/2022 – 31/12/2022.

https://wmfs.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Meetings/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/3109/Committee/579/Default.aspx

Request.

5. How many of those settlements involved the signing of a non-disclosure agreement? 

Reply

This information is exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as this information is reasonably accessible to the requestor. Information concerning How many of those settlements involved the signing of a non-disclosure agreement can be found on WMFS website at the following link:

https://www.wmfs.net/documents/non-disclosure-agreements-2017-22/

For service complaints, issues or comments regarding this request please contact The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

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