Firefighters struck solidly across Hertfordshire for eight hours last Saturday. They were opposing plans to shut down two fire stations in the county and cut up to 40 frontline jobs.
The government refused to provide military cover for the strike, the first time it has ever done this in a firefighters’ industrial dispute. The day before the strikes management also removed two fire engines from Radlett and Bovindon—the threatened stations.
The action at Radlett was strongly supported by the local community. The area covered by the Herts firefighters includes the Buncefield oil depot, which saw a huge fire last December.
If talks between the FBU union and employers do not result in a deal, Herts firefighters plan to strike again for eight hours on Friday of this week and Wednesday of next week.
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