Scabs Drive Fire Engines at Striking Workers

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During an eight-hour strike by London Firefighters on 1st November over the threat of mass-sackings of firefighters, several incidents occurred of scabs working for private contractors drove fire engines and cars at striking workers.

In three seperate incidents firefighters on picket lines were injured (a policeman was also injured in one incident). Two of the scabs were arrested by police following two incidents, in the third incident the fire engine drove away from the scene of the assault.

The striking firefighters had reached an agreement with police on the picketlines that they would be allowed two minutes to talk to the untrained strikebreakers as fire engines were entering the fire stations.

Scandalously, the London Firebrigade Commissioner went to the High Court to get an injunction against the FBU on the grounds that they were engaged in threatening behaviour.

Following the strike on 1st November the FBU called off their planned 24 hour strike on bonfire night in the interests of public safety. The FBU felt that the public faced a risk of severe injury or death on bonfire night due to the inadequate training of the scabs.

interview with striking workers
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFbbnfy2ys4&feature=related]YouTube - London firefighters strike - Socialist Party video[/ame]

press release from FBU about injuries to striking firefighters
FBU Press Releases

mass protest of firefighters at Southwark
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdQagtVvkg]YouTube - LFB Firefighters' strike - Southwark FBU mass picket[/ame]

video of firefighter and policeman injured by a scab driving a fire engine (injuries occur at the very start of the video).
[ame=http://vimeo.com/16414109]Fire Fighter Run Down by Strike Breakers on Vimeo[/ame]

Daily express report on the incident at Croydon fire station -
Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Striking fireman is injured as car goes through picket line

Daily Telegraph reporting that two scabs had been arrested for their parts in the incidents in Croydon and Southwark -
Two strike-breaking firefighters arrested after picketers hit by fire vehicles - Telegraph

At the same time -

members of the NUJ at the BBC are on strike

1000 members of the PCS who work as IT contractors for the DWP have balloted to tke strike action

A strike by bakery workers at Fox's bakery in Kirkham is threatened as union members rejected an offer of a pay increase of 1.5%. The union is demanding an increase of 3%.

Tube workers continue to engage in ongoing strike action on the London Underground. Members of the RMT and TSSA shut down 107 stations across the Underground network. Workers are protesting against job cuts of 2,000 which will significantly increase safety risks on the Underground.
 


Fantasia

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wow the horror.. 12 hours shift watching telly and baking scones..
 

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I think we have enough of our own problems without discussing the UK's, which frankly I couldn't give a shyte.
 

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the socialists are the biggist joke of all.. listen to them whine about the poor working fireman only making €2400 a month. Boohoo, wail.. its a crying shame (our union dues are down this month).
 

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I think we have enough of our own problems without discussing the UK's, which frankly I couldn't give a shyte.
Indeed. DC's gone to the bother of setting up numerous forums for users to discuss specific topics. People not bothering to to even try to put new topics in the right place is becoming increasingly tedious.
 

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The truth is that if you are fit and don't smoke or drink, then a tewlve hour day is managable, but extremely boring if you are not active. An hour to work, another home, three hours free time, gives you eight hours sleep, 4 days a week , you have no life, then you try to recover. With children around and the resultant lack of sleep, I'm assuming they have to do night shifts as well, you end up rather zombezied, I was doing it when I was sixteen, I did it because the money was good and I knew no different/better, 8 months I lasted. I did it again on a site in London in the mid 80's and every morning I got on the 6:20 am bus at Mansion House, I never once woke up at Limehouse, ten minutes away, sometimes it was East Ham when I awoke, I never stayed awake more than ten seconds, I had to sit down, waiting for the bus to leave, I always left first, if you are single it its managable, married with children, nigh impossible. I lasted 5 weeks the second time in London, February 1985 £350 a week for 7 days, 2 o'clock Sunday and Saturday, I had pneumonia in the end, horrible life to lead, two boys about 19 were doing both shifts with 1 1/2 hours sleep between each shift, I assume they slept the whole of the half days off. I told them they were mad, extremely, I nearly became a fireman soon after, but chose something else instead.
 

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These would be the same firemen who planned to go on strike on Bonfire Night? The same ones who turned up to taunt and abuse the contract workers providing cover WHILE they were attempting to put a blaze at someone's home?
 

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the socialists block the fire stations that result in putting ordinary PEOPLE's lives in danger.
 

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Indeed. DC's gone to the bother of setting up numerous forums for users to discuss specific topics. People not bothering to to even try to put new topics in the right place is becoming increasingly tedious.
Bully for him. Well, this is categorised as UK so what's the problem?

As to the strikers in this that and the other instances, they should count themselves lucky that they have jobs instead of whinging. Mr Socialist Party who posted this nonsense is obviously living in cloud cuckoo land of the workers' paradise. My suggestion is that they all emigrate to North Korea and get the benefits of a democratic socialist republic. This rubbish and people desperate for work - completely irresponsible.
 
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These would be the same firemen who planned to go on strike on Bonfire Night? The same ones who turned up to taunt and abuse the contract workers providing cover WHILE they were attempting to put a blaze at someone's home?
The strike is over attempts by the LFB Commissioner to close fire stations during the night thereby depriving all members of the population of adequate fire cover during the night. The FBU made significant proposals that would have made the savings that the LFB Commissioner wanted without the 12 hour shifts and without closing firehouses at night. The LFB Commissioner couldn't care less about fire safety - he is simply concerned with getting to the bottom line his way (as part of a plan for the partial privatisation of the fire service).

The so-called contract workers (scabs) were not providing fire cover, there were there in an effort to break the strike, many were fire station pen-pushing managers - the FBU agreed to cover all emergency situations. No fire engine was blocked leaving a fire station and the scabs were only confronted on their return. In the few minor incidents that did occur during the 8 hour strike, the scabs proved incapable of being anything more than a hinderence - including causing injuries. Many of the scabs have not even had basic first-aid training.

The Nov 5th strike was called off out of the basic concern that the FBU had that the scabs would be incapable of providing any cover and this could potentially lead to serious injuries or death. There is widespread public support right across the UK for the strike and the support is growing.

Interesting that none of the right-wing hacks on here will comment on the fact that two scabs were arrested for deliberately driving vehicles at the picketlines and injuring striking workers. If it had happened the other way around the hacks would have been screaming from high-heavan, condeming the violence of the strikers.
 

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The strike is over attempts by the LFB Commissioner to close fire stations during the night thereby depriving all members of the population of adequate fire cover during the night. The FBU made significant proposals that would have made the savings that the LFB Commissioner wanted without the 12 hour shifts and without closing firehouses at night. The LFB Commissioner couldn't care less about fire safety - he is simply concerned with getting to the bottom line his way (as part of a plan for the partial privatisation of the fire service).

The so-called contract workers (scabs) were not providing fire cover, there were there in an effort to break the strike, many were fire station pen-pushing managers - the FBU agreed to cover all emergency situations. No fire engine was blocked leaving a fire station and the scabs were only confronted on their return. In the few minor incidents that did occur during the 8 hour strike, the scabs proved incapable of being anything more than a hinderence - including causing injuries. Many of the scabs have not even had basic first-aid training.

The Nov 5th strike was called off out of the basic concern that the FBU had that the scabs would be incapable of providing any cover and this could potentially lead to serious injuries or death. There is widespread public support right across the UK for the strike and the support is growing.

Interesting that none of the right-wing hacks on here will comment on the fact that two scabs were arrested for deliberately driving vehicles at the picketlines and injuring striking workers. If it had happened the other way around the hacks would have been screaming from high-heavan, condeming the violence of the strikers.
Yawn. In your great crusade for your socialist utopia, are you ever conscious that you might be just boring us all?:rolleyes:
 

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Yawn. In your great crusade for your socialist utopia, are you ever conscious that you might be just boring us all?:rolleyes:
Am I forcing you to read it?

If you were so bored why bother your a*se replying?
 

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Am I forcing you to read it?

If you were so bored why bother your a*se replying?
Leave my a*se out of the discussion please. I live in hope that someday one of you lot will write something interesting but to date you have all disappointed me writing as you do, the same old, same old leftist irredentist nonsense. Go get a real job for yourself instead of wasting people's time and encouraging them into the deadend alleyways of the workers world.
 

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Leave my a*se out of the discussion please. I live in hope that someday one of you lot will write something interesting but to date you have all disappointed me writing as you do, the same old, same old leftist irredentist nonsense. Go get a real job for yourself instead of wasting people's time and encouraging them into the deadend alleyways of the workers world.
I have a job actually (for the moment at least - until your goons are finished with their hatchet job) and clearly it wasn't a case that you were bothering your a*se - you were simply trying to be a smart-a*se.
 

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Hopefully the workers will found another Citizens Army to deliver Revolutionary Justice to these vile scabs.
 


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