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South Wales firefighters call off action

Issue No. 2222

Firefighters in South Wales have called off planned industrial action after coming to a deal with bosses over shifts and jobs.

More than 1,300 FBU members voted by four to one in favour of industrial action over plans the union said could lead to firefighters working 96-hour shifts.

But after talks the union agreed to scrap 48 vacant posts instead, meaning all of South Wales’ full-time fire stations will be cut by two staff. The ballot result forced bosses to back off over shifts. But trading away jobs—even vacant posts—is a mistake.

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