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Complainant Name:
Mr John Martin

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Mr John Martin complained to the Press Complaints Commission about a report on the recent industrial dispute between the London Fire Brigade and the Fire Brigade Union. The complainant was concerned that the article had inaccurately claimed that ‘firemen worked three shifts, followed by four days off' or ‘two nine-hour day shifts and then a 15-hour night shift'. He also expressed concern about an assertion that ‘Fire crews were paid up to £50,000 a year, including overtime', stating that such a salary was only attainable for the highest paid members of ‘fire crews'.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and appropriate amendments to the online article:

London Firefighters

Following our report "London firemen who live overseas" (Oct 29, 2010) we have been asked to make clear that firefighters currently work two nine-hour and two 15-hour shifts per week and most of them could not earn "up to £50,000 a year including overtime".

Date Published: 19/04/2011

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