As the Fire Brigade union continue their strike, it is worth considering factors that resonate across most of the public sector.
As far as I am concerned (and NO ONE can convince me otherwise) the tories want the public sector work and jobs privatised.
They remind me of the Tim Robbins character in Shawshank Redemption, where he chips away at the wall in his cell over a period of years, using a rock hammer, in order to tunnel his way out and covers the resulting hole with a poster.
“That’s all it takes really, pressure, and time.” – Quote by “Red” (Played by Morgan Freeman after the discovery of Tim Robbins characters escape from prison)
That’s what the tories are doing, chipping away at the public sector, a little bit of privatisation here a little bit of privatisation there.
I think this is what they are trying to do with the fire service.
I imagine their tory mates are slavering at the thought of getting their trotters on the fire service.
It’ll be back to the old days, when you had to have fire insurance in order to pay for the services of a private fire fighter (who’ll probably be either self employed or on a zero hours contract, whilst the insurance company makes a bit fat profit)
Initially, Penny Mordunt MP, the fire minister, seemed to suggest to fire brigade union officials that there was room for negotiation with regards to fire brigade terms and conditions.
However, by the looks of this letter from the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) it looks like the treasury have told her to forget that.
The devolved governments in Wales and Scotland have relaxed their initial stance:-
So support your fire fighters and don’t let this or any other government privatise the service…because one day, you may need these brave men and women.