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Over two thousand firefighters and control staff descend on Westminster

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On 6 December, over 2,000 firefighters and control staff from across the UK assembled in Westminster to protest low pay after their strike ballot opened earlier in the week.

MPs including Zarah Sultana and Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowds, as well as FBU general secretary Matt Wrack and several FBU officials and members. After the rally firefighters and control staff marched to Parliament to lobby their MPs on the issue of pay.

The strike ballot opened on Monday 5 December and will close on Monday 30 January.

Speaking to the crowds, FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “You’ve turned out in your hundreds and hundreds and hundreds… I think that demonstrates the anger that is out there… they’ve found £45bn in tax cuts to give away to millionaires, but they will tell you that there’s no money for pay, that there’s no money for the fire and rescue service. Corporations enjoy record profits, some people get richer and richer and richer, and they tell us there’s no money.”

If a national strike were to take place, it would be the first national strike since pension action between 2013 and 2015 (which did not include control), and the first on pay since 2002-2003.

Picture credit: Mark Thomas

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