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FBU calls for strikes against the cuts

by Neale Williams, FBU member
Issue No. 2347

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. 


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Fri 5 Apr 2013, 16:02 BST
Issue No. 2347
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