Firefighters call off Bonfire Night strike

FIREFIGHTERS last night called off a 47-hour strike over the Bonfire Night weekend.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) cancelled the walkout, scheduled from 10am this morning, after reaching an agreement with London Fire Brigade (LFB) to attend an independently chaired panel on November 16.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “My intention has always been to reach an agreement on proposals that will make Londoners safer and firefighters safer. Going to an independently-chaired body to help us seek a way forward is a step in the right direction.”

More than 5,500 firefighters were due to take part in the action, which was called in a row over new contracts and changes to shift patterns. FBU has already staged two eight-hour strikes, on October 23 and November 1.