Near miss: A personal reflection on the second firefighters’ national strike of 2002-2004
As Fire Brigades Union members decide whether to accept the revised pay offer, Senior Correspondent Tony Prosser reflects on the damage caused by the last national pay strike.
Industrial action in the form of a national firefighters strike, will hopefully, by the time you read this, be fading from memories as a bad dream or “near miss”. The concerns of firefighters, the public and commerce will be alleviated, breathing sighs of relief that a repeat of the 2002-2004 second national dispute had been avoided.
For the average employee, walking out of any job to take part in industrial action is something that all workers dread. But leaving your fire station to protest can be one of the most stressful things a firefighter can do. The decision to withdraw your labour can be, and often is, one of the most difficult to take in your whole career.
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