Redbridge firefighters to go on strike

PUBLISHED: 16:28 14 October 2010

FIREFIGHTERS in Redbridge could be joining colleagues across the capital in staging a walkout after union members voted in favour of strike action.

A majority of union members - who are already carrying out action short of a strike - voted in favour of the walkout.

It follows a row about new shift patterns and sacking notices, which the union says has been sent out to all members.

A statement release by the union revealed that 3482 members voted in favour of action, with just 943 against and six spoiled ballots.

Responding to the result, chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Brian Coleman said: “It’s disappointing and saddening that the only losers in all of this will be firefighters.

“A strike by the FBU will be unnecessary, unjustified and viewed unsympathetically by Londoners.

“This dispute centres on proposed changes to make people safer.”

More details of when the strike will take place will be announced by the union shortly and will be available here.

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