Firefighter strike negotiations to be heard by special panel
An independent panel is expected to make recommendations about the firefighters' strike next week.
Strike negotiations will be heard by a special panel to try and
reach an agreement over new shift patterns that led to industrial
action being taken by firefighters recently.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and London Fire Brigade managers
will take it in turns to express their respective views to the
independent panel, with recommendations expected to be made next
Recently, the FBU held two eight-hour strikes in London, but
decided to call off a further walkout that was due to take place on
"Although the meeting won't result in an immediate agreement, I
do expect recommendations to come back to both ourselves and the
union within a week or so," said London fire commissioner Ron
More than 5,500 firefighters working in the capital took part in
strikes at the start of the month, - with the FBU claiming its
members will lose their jobs if the new shift-patters are agreed