London Fire Brigade

FBU accepts collective agreement but trade dispute goes on

14 January 2011

Ron Dobson, London Fire Commissioner said: “The FBU have said that the London Regional Committee has accepted to enter into a collective agreement, which is welcome news. Unfortunately they’ve also told us that despite reaching a collective agreement the trade dispute remains in being. I’d hoped agreement would mean an official end to the dispute, and to arrange for the 27 fire appliances that have been on standby to be returned to the fire stations.”

Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Councillor Brian Coleman said: “I’m flabbergasted by the position the FBU have taken and had hoped to put a final end to the dispute today. I don’t know why the Union are telling us they’ll enter into an agreement and say that the dispute continues. My aim is to get things back to normal as soon as possible.”

Based on what the FBU have told the London Fire Brigade today the 27 appliances cannot be returned at this time, as they can only be returned when the threat of a strike has been lifted

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