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Unions call members to strike over pay

File photo dated 10/04/10 of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack who has written to London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson saying there were fears that AssetCo's troubles were affecting its performance, and could even mean the loss of London's fire engines. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 21, 2011. A row over the aftermath of a bitter dispute involving firefighters in London continues with claims that some fire engines in the capital could not be used because they were waiting to be repaired. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said three engines which were part of 27 withdrawn from service as part of contingency measures during a series of strikes last year had been left outside and now needed to be repaired. The union claimed that private firm AssetCo, which has the maintenance contract for all London's fire engines and was involved in providing services during the strikes, was in financial and operational trouble. See PA story INDUSTRY Fire. Photo credit should read: Fion

File photo dated 10/04/10 of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary Matt Wrack who has written to London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson saying there were fears that AssetCo's troubles were affecting its performance, and could even mean the loss of London's fire engines. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 21, 2011. A row over the aftermath of a bitter dispute involving firefighters in London continues with claims that some fire engines in the capital could not be used because they were waiting to be repaired. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said three engines which were part of 27 withdrawn from service as part of contingency measures during a series of strikes last year had been left outside and now needed to be repaired. The union claimed that private firm AssetCo, which has the maintenance contract for all London's fire engines and was involved in providing services during the strikes, was in financial and operational trouble. See PA story INDUSTRY Fire. Photo credit should read: Fion

Local government workers, teachers, firefighters and civil servants across the region are joining a 1.5million strong strike on Thursday over pay, jobs, privatisation and terms and conditions.

The strikes are likely to affect schools, waste and recycling collections, courts, tax and benefit offices, airports, the Passport Office, and fire stations.

Altogether, 175,000 workers from six unions (including Unison, Unite, GMB, NUT and FBU) are expected to be involved across the region.

Peter Middleman, PCS NW Regional Secretary, said: “Hard working public servants have rejected the bitter economic medicine that has for four years been killing the patient.

“George Osborne should emerge from his bubble of privilege and wake up to the fact that all but the super-wealthy are suffering at the hands of his failed austerity policies.”

Trades Union Council (TUC) general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay rises way below the cost of living, coming hard on the heels of several years of pay freezes, have left family budgets stretched to the limit.

“The recovery remains some way off for our hard-working, dedicated midwives, nurses, teachers, dinner ladies and other public servants.

“For them several years more of financial worry and frugal living lie ahead.”

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “We have tried every route available to us to make the government see sense over their attacks.”

Joint city-centre rallies, co-ordinated by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) are taking place at lunchtime in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston.

 

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