The threatened London Fire Brigade strike set for Bonfire Night, the 5th of November, has been called off after the threat of sackings for firefighters that refused new proposed contracts was lifted by employers.
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members were due to walk out at 10am this morning for 47 hours over the Bonfire Night weekend - the busiest time for fire brigade call outs in the year. This year even more fireworks and bonfires will be lit as the Hindu festival of Diwali also falls on the 5th of November.
Over the weekend if the strike had taken place only 27 fire engines would have been working as opposed to the normal 150. FBU general secretary Matt Wrack speaking on Sky TV's Jeff Randall Live said:
"Our members can now consider the proposals around the shift changes - which lie behind the dispute - without the threat of sackings over their heads. We've listened to the concerns about public safety and we were extremely concerned about the capabilities of the private contractors being brought in to cover our strike."