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Strike negotiations held to avert bonfire night walkouts

Talks begin to stop London's firefighters striking on bonfire night

27 October 2010

Strike negotiations have been held between the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and union members in a bid to avert bonfire night walkouts.

Earlier this week, the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) announced that London-based firefighters had voted to hold a 48 hour strike from 10am on 5th November.

However, talks have now begun on trying to prevent the industrial action from going ahead and resolving a long-running dispute over shift patterns.

An FBU spokesman has said: "We hope that the fire brigade will engage properly with us so that we can stop this industrial action going ahead."

Furthermore, a spokesman for the LFB revealed that the organisation would "talk around the clock if necessary to try to head off further strikes".

Firefighters are unhappy that they will be forced to work longer day hours and shorter night shifts, while they also claim their jobs are under threat if they fail to agree to the new contracts.

London fire commissioner Ron Dobson has confirmed that the LFB have offered a compromise on some of the previously announced conditions. 

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