Defend the fire service: Prepare solidarity action

Submitted by AWL on 10 January, 2003 - 6:03

Blair is out to smash FBU!

By Matt Wrack, London FBU

The FBU leadership has a mandate to strike for a £30,000 pay claim for firefighters and fire control operators, voted for by the membership at a rate of almost nine to one. That is a staggering result. It was achieved after months of campaigning amongst members; a clear illustration of the mood of a membership who want and need a decent living wage. That was almost four months ago.
Since then the FBU leadership have cancelled five strike dates in favour of more talks with the employers and ACAS, even though nothing of any significance appears to be on offer. Right now (8 January) the FBU is waiting for the employers to come back to table with new proposals. So far there appears to be nothing to be optimistic about.

So we have to prepare to fight on to win a wage increase that will put an end to firefighters and control operators struggling financially or working in a second job in order to make ends meet. And to do this we need to make sure all the membership is kept informed, is consulted and is part of the decision making process when it comes down to strike tactics and strategy.

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