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Firefighters to strike on Nov 5

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by Kay Mitchell
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It has emerged this evening that thousands of London firefighters will strike on Bonfire Night in a dispute over new contracts, their union has announced.

The strike, which will take place from 10am on November 5 to 9am on November 7, incorporates Bonfire Night – the fire service’s busiest period.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “We do not want to take this action but we have no choice. The alternative is to allow London’s firefighters to become doormats for their employers to walk on.

“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,” he added.

The industrial action is the third strike date announced since the FBU said almost 80% of its members voted in favour of a strike.

Members embarked on an eight-hour strike last Saturday and another is planned for next Monday, November 1.

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