THREE MEMBERS of the Fire Brigades Union explain why they oppose the war and why people should back their crucial pay campaign as they begin voting next week for the first national firefighters' strike for 25 years.
'MY UNION has always supported doing away with sanctions on Iraq, which have killed so many ordinary people. Fire Brigades Union officials have visited Iraq and seen the devastation with their own eyes. And it is working class Iraqi people who will suffer further from any war - not Saddam Hussein. My union branch in Fife has donated to the cost of a coach to bring people down to the anti-war demonstration. In backing this war, this government is flying in the face of what people in Britain want. It is doing the same to firefighters and control room staff. That's why people should march against the war on Saturday and support our campaign for fair pay.'
Linda Shanahan, Fife
'The government says honouring our pay claim would put up mortgage rates. That's a lie. But it is prepared to give a blank cheque for war against Iraq. And that will affect the economy. Working class people in this country need to stand together with everyone who is fighting for decent pay. And we all need to stand in solidarity with people who are suffering around the world from what Bush and Blair are doing.'
Ashley Drage, Essex
'The war is only going to harm ordinary people. I am opposed to it as a human being and as a trade unionist. When you think about what suffering the war could unleash, it puts our pay campaign into perspective. I wouldn't want to compare the suffering of people in Iraq with what we face. But our pay fight is about standing up for working people, ourselves and others in the country. And that does not stop at our borders. I do think there are links across the world.'
Neil Young, Liverpool