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Firefighters hold walkouts after strike negotiations break down

Firefighters begin eight-hour strike

01 November 2010

Over 5,500 London firefighters have begun industrial action after last-ditch strike negotiations broke down yesterday (October 31st).

The eight-hour strike started at 10am this morning and will finish at 6pm as the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and The Fire Brigade's Union (FBU) failed to settle a dispute over working hours.

The union claim that staff will lose their jobs if they fail to agree to new shift-patterns which would increase day-time working hours and decrease the length of night shifts.

Matthew Wrack, from the FBU, told BBC News: "They [LFB] are not negotiating unfortunately but all they do is repeat the same mantra every single time.

"There are options whereby we can compromise on the question of shifts, what we are not prepared to accept is the dictat that is being used in the current negotiations by London Fire Brigade management."

Private firm AssetCo will provide around 27 vehicles and 170 workers as cover for the striking firefighters. 

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