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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 June 2014

Nottinghamshire fire cuts - "pushed to breaking point"

Nottinghamshire fire service proposes cuts of 2.4 million. Warsop and Collingham - small, isolated towns - would lose their retained firefighters, providing crucial cover for nearby villages.

Nottingham City Central, Mansfield, Stockhill and Highfields, would have their fire engines reduced from two to one.

The county would be exposed in serious accidents. Every second counts when an emergency strikes. Lives would be at risk. Phil Coates from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said: "You might not need that fire engine today but tomorrow you might have a house fire with people and children inside and then you do need it. We are stretched as it is and this is pushing us to breaking point."

Labour

The Fire Authority has a Labour majority, ten out of eighteen councillors, but they are not prepared to fight to put people's lives ahead of monetary savings.

Even though Nottinghamshire county and city councils who control fire services have enough money in reserves to not make any cuts for eight years.

Socialist Party members are involved in building a campaign, which includes the FBU, to fight these cuts in their entirety.

The Fire Authority planned to make these cuts three years ago but was forced to back down by mass opposition. When people come together and organise, the inhumanity of austerity can be defeated.

So far we have had a tremendous response from people. This shows why we need a new workers' party which will help forge a world where firefighters don't have to make decisions such as which emergency is more important.

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In The Socialist 18 June 2014:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Strike back for a living wage

Report shows huge support for taxing rich

Survey shows potential for new mass workers' party

Them & Us

Kshama Sawant to speak at Socialism 2014


International socialist news and analysis

Iraq: Oil war's bloody legacy

Brazil: Upsurge in struggles of workers and homeless


Socialist Party workplace news

How should the RMT maintain Bob Crow's tradition?

Unison local government members want action on pay

Bakers call for 10 minimum wage

Escalation of FBU dispute begins

Lambeth College indefinite strike

Safety Glass workers strike for a real pay rise

Trades council conference: workers won't wait for TUC

Workplace news in brief

Come to the NSSN conference on 5 July


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition campaign reports

Rhydyfelin library saved

Nottinghamshire fire cuts - "pushed to breaking point"

Orgreave 30th anniversary - solidarity and celebration

Birmingham: new Socialist Party branch

Socialist Party Summer Camp 2014


Readers' comments and reviews

"Self-employed" and exploited

Book review: The man who loved dogs

Letters to the Socialist


 

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