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Teesside firefighters plan strikes against cuts

Issue No. 2010

Firefighters on Teesside have voted three to one for strike action against plans by Cleveland fire authority to cut 66 frontline firefighter posts, and axe specialist rescue equipment and fire engines.

Some 74 percent voted for strike action on a turnout of over 70 percent. Steve Watson, branch secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Cleveland, said the result was a “clear mandate for strike action”.

The union has not announced strike dates at this stage, he added, but will do so if negotiations with employers “do not produce acceptable proposals”.

Bosses want to axe firefighters and equipment from Stranton, Stockton, Thornaby, Redcar and Billingham stations, and downgrade Middlesbrough Marine station.

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Sat 22 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2010
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