Around 350 firefighters marched through Hull last Saturday in protest at plans to slash 170 jobs by reducing crew on fire engines from five to four.
The firefighters’ FBU union was joined by contingents from the Unison, Unite and GMB unions.
A few years ago the fire authority was forced to back off from threatened closures after the FBU said it would ballot for strikes. It is clear that will be needed this time too.
A local student addressed the rally and spoke of the need to unite the struggle of students and workers. He was warmly applauded.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack added that there would be no need for cuts if the likes of Vodafone paid their tax.