Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

July 10, 2008 06:30 ET

New Venue for Re-Scheduled London Fire Talks After Bosses Reverse Their Decision to Cancel Crunch Meeting

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) - London fire brigade bosses have been forced to reverse a decision to pull out of talks scheduled for this Friday in a row over watch managers' pay. Talks will go ahead this Friday at 10.00, Acas offices, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3JJ with fire crews gathering from 09.15 to lobby the meeting.

The talks are over changes which would see the pay of 380 watch managers cut by up to Pounds Sterling 2,000 a year. Under the terms of a national agreement, London Fire Brigade bosses can prevent this, but are refusing to do so.

The Fire Brigades Union's ruling national executive has already approved a full scale industrial action ballot in London if the talks do not produce an acceptable local agreement. London FBU leaders welcomed the decision to resume talks but warned managers against further provocative action.

FBU Regional secretary Joe MacVeigh said: "We do not accept that 380 fire service watch managers should be forced to accept a pay cut of up to Pounds Sterling 2,000 a year. Londoners will be disgusted by the way the issue has been handled and at the way their fire crews are being treated.

"There is genuine anger among firefighters at every station in the capital on this issue and we want it dealt with in a fair and reasonable way. If it isn't, we will be left with no option other than to ballot for industrial action."

London fire crews will be gathering from 09.15 on Friday 11 July at Acas offices, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3JJ.

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