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Fri 24 Jun, 2011
By Sam Bristowe

It is unfortunate that our members have been pushed into having to make this choice

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London Fire Brigade have revealed that they will no longer be walking in London Pride parade next week in a bid to make a stance against London Fire Brigades regression on LGBT issues.

For the past decade firefighters from around the nation would head to the capital to take part in the LGBT parade but after a year in regression for other LGBT rights, including the removal from the Stonewall Equality Index, the Fire Brigades Union have decided to remove themselves from the event to make a stance.

According to Marketwire Pat Carberry the LGBT Secretary said "It is unfortunate that our members have been pushed into having to make this choice. In the past we have worked closely with London Fire Brigade and that joint working approach has brought about improvement to working conditions for our LGBT members and an improvement in the service we provide to the LGBT community.

It now seems equality no-longer features in the services commitment. It would be wrong of us to march alongside this organisation promoting a visual front that the service is committed to serving our community when in reality no progress is being made and if anything its actually getting worse."

Some members have decided to still march but will do so under their union and in the trade union section in an attempt to add emphasis to their point.

"The last year has seen a bitter industrial dispute in London, but when disputes reach a resolution we would hope for reconciliation. It is worrying that we are unable to sit round a table to discuss areas we supposedly agree on and gives little hope for discussions on the more contentious issues. Next year we will see London host World Pride and I would hope that London Fire Brigade will recognise that the best way for us to make such events a success is by joint working and that we can still re-establish a dialogue".


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