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Firefighters take protest action

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Firefighters have ruled out a full strike

London firefighters who are angry about working conditions are to launch a campaign of industrial action.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have accused managers of a "sustained period of aggression". They have ruled out a full strike.

It is thought action may include a "work to rule" protest in which firefighters only carry out tasks specifically in their job description.

Brian Coleman of London's fire authority said it was "unnecessary".

But an FBU spokesman said: "We have made it clear to the brigade that the culture of railroading stuff through with no regard for the concerns of the workforce must end.

"It is that approach that has driven us to take industrial action, something we are always very reluctant to do."

London Assembly Member Brian Coleman, chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, warned firefighters would lose "significant" pay by refusing to do additional tasks.

He said: "Even though it is not an all-out strike and won't prevent us providing a full fire and rescue service, we believe it is still unnecessary.

"What the FBU is demanding is in effect the power of veto on any proposed change."

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