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LFB set for strike negotiations as firefighters vote for walkouts

London firefighters set to hold two eight-hour strikes

18 October 2010

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is set to hold showdown strike negotiations after firefighters voted in favour of walkouts.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in London voted 79 per cent in favour of holding two eight-hour strikes on October 23rd and November 1st.

Firefighters are unhappy that the LFB want to change their working hours and make all shifts a uniform 12-hour length.

Should staff fail to agree to the changes after a 90-day consultation period, the LFB has claimed it would consider laying off employees without compensation.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: "Firefighters hate going on strike, but they hate being bullied even more. The London Fire Brigade needs to lift the sacking notices and start negotiating properly."

The LFB has claimed the changes to shift patterns will not result in staff working longer hours or any station closures. 

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