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Firefighters want a break

Issue No. 2201

Firefighters in Coventry are demanding industrial action over penny-pinching bosses’ cuts to leisure facilities.

Some 85 percent of the 1,600 FBU union members voted for action short of a strike in a consultative ballot after bosses replaced sofas at the fire stations with office-style chairs.

The employers have even taken away snooker tables, dartboards and table football, saying they do not create a “professional” image.

The FBU says recreation time between call-outs is vital for firefighters’ morale.

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Tue 11 May 2010, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2201
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