THE INQUIRY set up by the government to head off the pay campaign by firefighters and control room staff is a sham, and the words of one of its members show it. Sir Tony Young is a former president of the TUC and is on the inquiry team imposed by New Labour.
He told FBU union national officials, 'The review team is not going to deliver what you want and the FBU will have to accept that.' That is before the inquiry has even seen all the evidence. It shows it is nothing but a gimmick to try to undermine support for FBU members, who are balloting now for strikes over pay.
FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist rightly responded, 'How can we be expected to enter into a review when clearly the review team has already decided the outcome?' Tony Young insists he was appointed as an individual, but the TUC admits it was consulted before he was chosen.
The FBU is demanding that Young is kicked off the review. Serious questions also need to be put to TUC officials, who have said they support the FBU's pay fight.