As reported on Tory Troll, Boris's Fire Chief Brian Coleman has long wanted to remove beds from fire stations.
Currently all firefighters work two 15 hour nights a week and are able to use their beds between incidents.
However, under Coleman's new plans, dayshifts will be lengthened and nightshifts shortened to 12 hours each.
This is ostensibly being done to increase productivity.
However according to the Standard:
"The beds are being phased out as stations are modernised but the Evening Standard understands that senior fire authority figures are determined to use the shorter night shift to scrap them completely. One senior source said: "Do you know any other occupation where people are able to sleep on duty?"
Well I can think of at least one:
"The beds are merely for resting on in the early hours of the morning. Firefighters work back-to-back 15-hour night shifts, meaning that they are only off duty for nine hours out of 39. Given the physical and mental challenges they face in their jobs, I am amazed that anyone would begrudge firefighters the opportunity to properly rest for a couple of hours in between incidents. The fire brigade needs policies driven by common sense, not vindictiveness."
Last year, London's fire service was ranked as one of the best in the country.
However, since Coleman became it's Chair, firefighters have been locked in a series of bitter disputes with management over working conditions.
Coleman, who regularly tours fire stations, was described as "too confrontational" in a recent audit report, and is known to row with everyone from firefighters to the Mayor himself.