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From The Socialist newspaper, 24 September 2014

West Midlands fire engine cuts

Pete McNally, Worcester Socialist Party

Hereford Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is faced by management plans to reduce the number of fire engines in the county. Worcester Socialist Party members supported their protest against these cuts on 20 September.

It was an impressive effort by the FBU, with about 20 members leafleting and getting petitions signed. They had flags and placards and got a lot of public support.

The petition called for a referendum on raising council tax to fill the apparent shortfall in funding. We argued that it would be better to call for more funding from central government.

Herefordshire shares its fire and rescue authority with Worcestershire and only elects councillors every four years - so the chance to mount a no cuts challenge in 2015 must not be missed.

We asked FBU members to consider being candidates next year for the anti-cuts Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which includes the Socialist Party. We found that one member followed TUSC on Twitter and another had previously stood for TUSC in Sheffield. So we may be able to challenge the cuts consensus in Herefordshire for the first time.

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Socialist Party workplace news

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NHS workers vote to strike

College lecturers join 14 October strike

Care UK: 'We'll fight them all the way'

Croydon leisure centre strike for decent wages

West Midlands fire engine cuts

Workplace news in brief


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Global day of eco action

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Socialist Party comments and reviews

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Tony Benn: Will and testament

Obvious Child

Skylight

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