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Firefighters' executive committee should call national action

by Simon Hickman, FBU rep Agecroft, Greater Manchester
Issue No. 2404

The executive of the firefighters’ FBU union met on 15 May, but decided not to announce any new strike dates.

According to the union’s latest circular the government has put no offer on the table. 

Yet the executive isn’t set to reconvene until 3 June. This has bewildered many activists.

FBU members have delivered solid strikes on every occasion across England and Wales—even with pauses between action.

London called for more action, supported by Greater Manchester and Merseyside. 

Yet the executive seems nervous about national action. 

Many members feel that lack of confidence comes from the executive failing to take a lead.

The progress we have is a direct result of strikes. We need to test the local resilience and the government’s nerve. 



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Tue 20 May 2014, 20:06 BST
Issue No. 2404
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