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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 July 2010

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Members of the FBU in London were disgusted when brigade chief Ron Dobson threatened them with the sack on his blog! The London FBU has been in dispute with management for some months over threats to impose changes to shift patterns. Now Dobson has blogged that he will recommend in a paper to be put to political bosses that they terminate the contract of every firefighter if no agreement is reached.

FBU regional official Paul Embery said: "We've heard stories of companies sacking employees by text, but this must be the first time an employer has threatened to sack people by personal blog. Our members are dedicated, and in many cases very longstanding, employees of the London Fire Brigade. They have devoted their entire careers to protecting the people of London. So for them to turn up for work and be told by their boss, via his personal blog, that they will be sacked if their union does not agree to these detrimental changes is an absolute outrage."

The union has committed to issuing an immediate London-wide strike ballot if changes are imposed.

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