Following negotiations between the Brigade and the FBU yesterday, the Union has agreed to call off the 47 hour strike action planned for the Bonfire Night weekend. The Union has also agreed to attend a meeting of the Resolution Advisory Panel (RAP); a measure we have been requesting for some time. The RAP is an independently-chaired body that can make recommendations to resolve the dispute.
The intention of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has always been to reach an agreement on proposals that will make Londoners and firefighters safer. Going to an independently-chaired body to help us seek a way forward is a step in the right direction. The meeting of the RAP is taking place on 16 November. We very much hope an agreement will be reached swiftly, using this mechanism or during normal negotiations. Section 188 notices have not been withdrawn.
Councillor Brian Coleman, AM FRSA
Chairman & Leader of the Authority
London Fire Commissioner