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Firefighters march in Cornwall against cuts

by Reuben Wallace
Issue No. 2054

Marching through Truro

Marching through Truro

Several hundred firefighters and their supporters marched through Truro in Cornwall on Thursday of last week.

They were protesting against £700,000 cuts to the fire service budget proposed by the Liberal Democrat-run Cornwall County Council.

The cuts would mean the ending of full-time fire cover at Falmouth and Camborne fire stations and the loss of up to one in six firefighter jobs.

Falmouth and Camborne stations are the only full-time fire stations left in Cornwall and provide fire cover for much of West Cornwall.

Rally speakers from the firefighters’ FBU union, the NUJ journalists’ union and the PCS civil service workers’ union spoke about the attack on the public sector.

A proposal to set up a Cornwall public sector alliance has met with support from many union representatives.

The mayor of Falmouth captured the mood when he invited the county council to “shove their suggested cuts where the sun doesn’t shine”.

The FBU have called a lobby of the next full council meeting on 19 June.

There could be industrial action over the cuts.

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Tue 5 Jun 2007, 19:11 BST
Issue No. 2054
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