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Firefighter strike negotiations break down

London firefighters still set to go on strike this Bonfire Night

28 October 2010

Strike negotiations between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the London Fire Brigade (LFB) collapsed yesterday (October 28th), it has been revealed.

Fire minister Bob Neill has claimed that the unions, whose members voted in favour of holding a 48-hour walkout on Bonfire Night, have drawn up a "shopping list" of demands.

London-based firefighters have allegedly requested a £10,000 pay rise, a one hour uninterrupted paid meal break during each shift and a guarantee that no stations will be closed over the next seven years.

Mr Neil said: "The FBU have set out a shopping list of demands that are totally out of touch with the rest of the public sector and not appropriate in the tough economic climate we are in.

"We want this dispute to be settled through reasoned negotiation but the FBU must come to the table with realistic demands."

A spokesman for the FBU has denied the claims that they demanded a huge salary increase during talks, revealing it was merely "mooted" in an internal document. 

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