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Fire bosses back off in London

Issue No. 2213

London fire bosses backed off from a threat to start the process of sacking the city’s firefighters last Saturday.

Bosses had been set to begin a “consultation” period over sacking the entire workforce on 31 July.

But the fire authority is now set to meet with the FBU union again this week after it threatened to fight the plans with industrial action.

The threat to sack every London firefighter is still very real.

The dismissals would allow bosses to re-employ firefighters on new contracts with worse shift patterns – a plan they have wanted to force through for many years.

But the bosses are clearly less confident than they make out.

A campaign of hard-hitting strike action could defeat not only their sacking threats, but the shift change plans as well.

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Tue 3 Aug 2010, 18:18 BST
Issue No. 2213
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