London’s 5,600 firefighters are set to escalate their strike action unless the London Fire Brigade withdraws the August 11 sacking letters sent to all of them.
The union decided today to call its London members out on strike from 10 a.m. on November 5 to 9 a.m. on November 7. They will be out for 47 hours.
“We do not want to take this action but we have no choice.” says FBU general secretary Matt Wrack. “The alternative is to allow London’s firefighters to become doormats for their employers to walk on.
“The long term safety of Londoners depends on a well-trained, self-confident firefighting force. The chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Councillor Brian Coleman, issues calculated insults and says he’s ‘relaxed’ and sacking all of them. He and the Commissioner, Ron Dobson, want to run the London Fire Brigade as though it were a Victorian mill. They want a frightened and obedient firefighting force. We simply cannot accept that.
“There’s still nearly two weeks for the London Fire Brigade to get this right. Show a little respect for your firefighters. Meet their representatives and hammer out a compromise with us, instead of trying to get your way by bullying.”