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London Fire Brigade prepares for strike negotiations

Firefighters set to vote on strike action

16 September 2010

London Fire Brigade (LFB) could be set for strike negotiations with its staff as union members prepare to vote on walkouts.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced it will hold a strike ballot over a dispute over job contracts, according to The Independent.

The union claims the LFB has threatened to lay off staff who fail to sign new contracts which FBU say will force firefighters to work in worse conditions and different shift patterns.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: "The London Fire Brigade sacking notice was intended as a means of forcing firefighters to agree new shift patterns which pave the way for reducing fire cover at night.

"Even at this stage, the LFB can ensure that there is no strike and no industrial action. All it has to do is withdraw the letter and return to negotiations over shift patterns."

The LFB claims the different shift hours would benefit both workers and the public and that it hopes a compromise can be reached during the negotiations. 

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