Three Essex firefighters have been suspended and some 100 disciplined—just for writing to local politicians about cuts.
The firefighters wrote to local councillors and their MP, opposing cuts to the fire service and pointing out that they would be responsible if the cuts in the county cause deaths.
Now they have all been put on “level 3” disciplinaries, sources have told Socialist Worker. This means they could face the sack.
Essex fire bosses have already imposed a four-year recruitment freeze. Now they want to shut one fire station and halve the number of fire engines in seven others.
In Manchester, some 200 firefighters and 100 other fire service workers are set to lose their jobs, out of a total workforce of 2,400. The service’s budget is set to be cut by up to 30 percent over the next four years.
Fire control centres
The government has retreated over plans to shut down all 46 fire control centres in England and replace them with nine regional sites.
The project to centralise 999 fire calls and cut staff was finally axed after a seven-year lay campaign by the FBU union.