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Firefighters call 24-hour strike

Issue No. 2441

Firefighters striking over attacks on their pensions

Firefighters striking over attacks on their pensions (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The firefighters’ FBU union has called a 24-hour strike in England starting at 7am on Wednesday of next week. This will coincide with a national protest in London.

The union’s recall conference last week debated its fight over attacks on workers’ pensions. 

In a few months the Tories are set to push through new pension proposals.

Firefighters have struck back in defiance. But the stop and start nature of the action has undermined momentum and strengthened the fire bosses.

At the conference motions called for a harder hitting response. The London region argued for a serious escalation of the strikes, a national response to any lockout of workers and an end to recall to duty.

These were put in opposition to an executive council (EC) statement and lost. The EC outlined “key tasks” including demanding Labour pledges to improve pensions and considering more strikes. 

It’s good that another strike has been called—the Tories can be beaten. But a hard-hitting programme of strikes is needed to win.

FBU London Regional Committee voted this week to donate £300 to the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

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Tue 17 Feb 2015, 15:56 GMT
Issue No. 2441
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