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Fire commissioner issues safety warning ahead of strike

The London Brigade said it will be issuing further fire safety advice in the lead to any potential strike date.

London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, said:

It’s a pity that we are in this position, but we are prepared and our contingency fire service is ready to operate during a strike. Last month we temporarily removed 27 fire engines from stations across London and these will be used by contingency crews to provide a level of fire cover for the capital.

During a strike, my advice to the public would be to take even greater care to prevent fires from breaking out at home. Simple steps like keeping a really close eye on cooking and making sure cigarettes are disposed of properly can make all the difference.

Capital's fire service gears up for firefighter strike

London Fire Brigade said today it is ready and prepared to deal with a firefighter strike, following the announcement that 78% of Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) members who took part in the ballot have voted in favour of strike action.

A strike, which would be the first national firefighter strike in over a decade, is over a dispute between the FBU and government over the government’s reforms to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme.

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Strike to cause travel chaos over Carnival weekend

RMT strike to go ahead this weekend over jobs dispute Credit: Transport for London

The Rail Maritime and Transport workers union has confirmed that a strike on London Overground services will go ahead this weekend after an agreement was not reached over job cuts.

The RMT claims that 130 guard jobs are at risk over plans to run driver-only services on some trains. They will walk out for 48 hours from 00:01 on Sunday August 25th.

The strike takes place over the weekend of Notting Hill Carnival and is expected to cause widespread disruptions to services, especially on the Richmond and Clapham Junction to Stratford Junction routes.

Transport for London said they were working hard to keep as many services running as possible and there will be alternative Tube, bus and rail services available.

Stansted Airport bank holiday strike called off

Planned strikes by workers who scan baggage at Stansted airport have been called off after a deal on pay was agreed.

Passengers at Stansted Airport in Essex. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

Members of the GMB union were due to take industrial action over the bank holiday weekend but have voted to accept an improved offer, which was made after talks with contractor Mitie under the auspices of the conciliation service Acas.

GMB officer Gary Pearce said: " I am glad that common sense has prevailed and that Mitie has agreed to pay what GMB members have been asking for since October of last year.

"I have given notice to the company that the strike action has now been withdrawn."

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Fire engines removed to prepare for possible strike

27 fire engines have been removed so they can be used during a strike -- Credit: ITV London

London Fire Brigade has announced that 27 fire engines have been temporarily removed from fire stationsacross London to prepare for a possible strike over pensions.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson says "stations will continue to be available to provide a response to emergency incidents."

The Fire Brigades’ Union (FBU) is balloting its members to take national strike action in response to Government reforms to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme and expects a result by the end of August.

London Underground respond to Whitechapel strike

Members of the RMT are expected to mount a protest at Whitechapel tube station today against TFL plans to close the ticket office.

They're also protesting against job cuts,and the undermining of safety.

London Underground continues to carry more passengers, more reliably and safely than ever before. As we have always made clear, we remain committed to staffing all stations across the Tube network, with visible assistance for customers where they need it most.

Where we are redeveloping a station we seek to make the best possible use of space, and in some cases this could mean redeveloping a station with increased ticketing technology rather than a replacement ticket office.

Our plans for Whitechapel, which will increase station capacity with the arrival of Crossrail and enable us to improve accessibility by providing another lift in the ticket hall area, were shared with trade unions last year.

We will continue to discuss changes to ticketing technology on the railway and the huge modernisation of the Tube with our staff.

– Gareth Powell, Director of Strategy and Service Development for London Underground
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