Socialist Worker

Firefighters

Issue No. 1932

FIFTY TWO people attended a public meeting called by firefighters in Islington, north London, last week to protest at plans to remove ten appliances from inner London and shut a station.

Two of the threatened appliances are at Islington and Clerkenwell stations. Their loss would cut fire cover in the borough of Islington by 33 percent.

Mick Shaw, the FBU union’s national executive member for London, told the meeting how fire bosses had originally wanted to scrap 14 appliances.

“Then they came up with the proposal to move ten appliances from inner London to outer London and to close Manchester Square station,” he said.

“But the ten stations in outer London that are to receive the appliances have all lost one under previous cuts in recent years.

“This is just robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

The meeting also heard from left Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, other local politicians, pensioners and trade unionists representing teachers and workers at the giant Mount Pleasant post sorting office, which is directly opposite Clerkenwell station.

There was applause for speakers who pointed out how the government was prepared to provide money for war, but not for quality fire cover.


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Sat 18 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1932
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