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Firefighters protest for fire safety

by Ed Mynott
Issue No. 1963

Firefighters across Suffolk held their third short strike on Monday of this week, and were due out again on Thursday, when a national demonstration was to take place in their support.

The strikes are a response to Suffolk County Council’s decision to axe 12 jobs at Bury St Edmunds station, which operates one of only two turntable ladders in the county.

Chris Wallis, FBU union branch chair in Lowestoft said, “The important message we want to get to the public is about fighting back against the fire authority in order to save the fire service.”

The action follows a 68 percent yes vote and the strike has been supported across the county, with picket lines in Lowestoft numbering between 20 and 30 and firefighters from Norfolk bringing their solidarity.

Messages of support have come in from firefighters in Wales, Herefordshire, West Midlands, Strathclyde—and even Lisbon in Portugal!

A further strike is planned for Wednesday of next week in what is a key battle for the FBU. Fire services face attacks across Britain under the government’s “modernisation” programme.

Support Suffolk FBU Members, national demonstration,Thursday 11 August, 2pm–4pm, Ipswich, Suffolk. For more information and to send messages of support go to

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Sat 13 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1963
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