firefighters strike: 42 take on “big brother”
Hundreds of striking firefighters and their supporters paraded
through Essex's county town of Chelmsford on Wednesday 18th July
in a show of defiance against the dictatorial attitudes of the
Fire Authority and the unnecessary cuts in service they are
trying to force through.
FBU banners from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Cornwall
showed that firefighters around the country are watching this
dispute with great interest.
At the front of the crowd was the "Basildon 42", the Basildon
firefighters who were disciplined en masse for talking to their
councillors about the cuts in the fire service.
They heard from the general secretary of their union, Matt
Wrack, that the FBU will do all in its power to drag Essex fire
brigade into line with every other brigade in the country and
put an end to the current "big brother" regime.
Just before coming to address the crowd, he had delivered notice
of further strike action to the chief fire officer, David
Johnson, whose very name gave rise to jeers from those in the
crowd who knew him. The next scheduled strike date is 18th