Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

September 16, 2010 11:31 ET

Strike Ballot for London Firefighters

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2010) - The Fire Brigades Union announced today (Thursday) that it is giving seven days notice of a ballot on strike action to the London Fire Brigade over LFB's decision to begin the process of sacking all London firefighters and related issues.

The announcement comes the day before the FBU is due to announce the result of its ballot on industrial action short of a strike.

The London Fire Brigade notices beginning the process to allow it to sack the workforce was intended as a means of forcing firefighters to agree new shift patterns which could pave the way for reducing fire cover at night.

"Even at this stage, the LFB can ensure that there is no strike and no industrial action" says FBU general secretary Matt Wrack. "All it has to do is step back from the threats they have made, including withdrawing the letters and accepting that shift patterns and conditions of service should be negotiated and agreed, not imposed by threatening sackings."

Today uniformed firefighters marched through Central London to LFB headquarters in protest. They assembled at the Aldwych at 11.30 am, marched over Waterloo Bridge and down The Cut to LFB headquarters in Unions Street.

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  • Francis Beckett
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