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Firefighters

Issue No. 1746

Firefighters

Berkshire fire brigade management have backed down from plans to axe eight posts under the threat of strike action.

Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members voted by four to one on a 76 percent turnout for strikes, which were due to begin this week. That threat was enough to force management to concede on all four of the union's demands.

Berkshire management has withdrawn an application to the Home Office to cut posts. It has also guaranteed that it will restore crewing levels to what they officially should be. Firefighters and control room staff were considering the offer this week. This follows a unanimous recommendation from the firefighters' FBU brigade committee to accept the offer.


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Sat 5 May 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1746
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