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Firefighters' ballot on in London

Issue No. 2222

London firefighters are continuing to ballot for strikes over bosses’ plans to sack them all in order to impose new contracts.

The FBU union members have already imposed a ban on overtime and non-contractual duties, after winning a 95 percent vote for action short of a strike.

And last week the union escalated the action to ban all “acting up”—meaning firefighters on temporary promotion to cover managerial roles would revert to their original jobs.

The strike ballot closes on 14 October, and strikes could begin as soon as 21 October.

A big yes vote will lay the foundation for the hard-hitting strikes that are needed to win.

The clock is ticking. Bosses have started the process of mass sackings—they can legally sack people from 26 November.

London’s firefighters need to know they have the backing of the whole working class movement.

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LFEPA strike ballot

900 Unison and GMB union members in the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), including control staff and fire safety inspectors, are to ballot for strikes against a vicious cut in their redundancy pay.

A packed Unison branch meeting voted to coordinate the strikes with the firefighters’ FBU union.

Tony Phillips Unison LFEPA branch secretary (pc)

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Tue 5 Oct 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2222
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