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FBU: ‘I’m gutted we won’t be striking’

Kevin Hughes is the vice-chair of Merseyside FBU. He spoke to Socialist Worker

Issue No. 2276

“We’re extremely disappointed that we won’t be on strike on 30 November.

I think I speak for a lot of members on this. A lot of them were bewildered, annoyed and angered.

They’re saying, didn’t we learn the lessons of the last dispute? It’s a mistake not to ballot now.

We were up and ready to go. It’s just weakening our hand.

I can understand the position that it’s good to be in talks. But a ballot in your back pocket and a day of action would have been a good bargaining tool.

It’s about being part of a movement, fighting back against the government.

My wife’s a Unison member. She’ll be on strike on the day. Half my family will be. I’m just gutted we won’t be.”

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