Firefighters’ leader Matt Wrack announced last week that “Our service is under unprecedented attack and we are prepared to press the buttons for a national strike ballot”.
The FBU general secretary was speaking to London members in a meeting.
He said that imposing a pension age of 60 will lead to mass sackings. When firefighters stop being fit enough to do the job, they will be dismissed—without immediate access to a pension.
Matt urged activists to build for the biggest possible yes vote in a ballot.
We have suffered 2,000 job losses, a three year pay freeze and increased pension contributions. Some 70 stations are threatened with closure.
Our union should call a national march, and name the date for the strike ballot.
Locally we should build campaigns against the cuts, underpinned with industrial action. Wherever possible these should link with other campaigns.