Unions call members to strike over pay

File photo dated 10/04/10 of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack who has written to London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson saying there were fears that AssetCo's troubles were affecting its performance, and could even mean the loss of London's fire engines. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 21, 2011. A row over the aftermath of a bitter dispute involving firefighters in London continues with claims that some fire engines in the capital could not be used because they were waiting to be repaired. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said three engines which were part of 27 withdrawn from service as part of contingency measures during a series of strikes last year had been left outside and now needed to be repaired. The union claimed that private firm AssetCo, which has the maintenance contract for all London's fire engines and was involved in providing services during the strikes, was in financial and operational trouble. See PA story INDUSTRY Fire. Photo credit should read: Fion

File photo dated 10/04/10 of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack who has written to London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson saying there were fears that AssetCo's troubles were affecting its performance, and could even mean the loss of London's fire engines. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 21, 2011. A row over the aftermath of a bitter dispute involving firefighters in London continues with claims that some fire engines in the capital could not be used because they were waiting to be repaired. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said three engines which were part of 27 withdrawn from service as part of contingency measures during a series of strikes last year had been left outside and now needed to be repaired. The union claimed that private firm AssetCo, which has the maintenance contract for all London's fire engines and was involved in providing services during the strikes, was in financial and operational trouble. See PA story INDUSTRY Fire. Photo credit should read: Fion

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Local government workers, teachers, firefighters and civil servants across the region are joining a 1.5million strong strike on Thursday over pay, jobs, privatisation and terms and conditions.

The strikes are likely to affect schools, waste and recycling collections, courts, tax and benefit offices, airports, the Passport Office, and fire stations.

Altogether, 175,000 workers from six unions (including Unison, Unite, GMB, NUT and FBU) are expected to be involved across the region.

 

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