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Suffolk firefighters take strike action

Issue No. 1965

Firefighters in Suffolk took three bouts of strike action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of last week in their campaign against 12 job losses.

“The action was solidly supported by FBU union members and by the general public,” says the chair of the union in Suffolk, Vince Jell.

“Suffolk is the first brigade in the country to strike over the implementation of an IRMP—the local fire plans the government told authorities to draw up when it did away with national fire standards at the end of our dispute in 2003.

“We’re a small brigade, but the fact we are fighting back is significant for the whole union. Other brigades face, or will face, similar attacks.

“We are looking for support from across the union and will be sending out speakers to brigades and regions.”

Suffolk FBU was discussing dates for further action as Socialist Worker went to press.

Rush messages of support and donations to “Suffolk Hardship Fund”, Lloyds Bank, sort code 30-94-55, account 4418949. Cheques should be sent to fund coordinator Kevin Block, 17 Kirby Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 4PZ.

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Sat 27 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1965
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