strike in the fire service will be over£5.2m per day.
This cost is being met by the ODPM and does not include the damage to life and property, which is incalculable.
strike in Merseyside last year. The total cost of the 11 day
strike in Merseyside was£1,562,000. This figure consists of
charges made by the army, police, ambulance and security
services and is net of the£750,000 withheld in wages.
It represents a daily cost of£142,000 or£100 per striker,
per day. If this figure is transferred to a national strike,
it will equate to£5,200,000 per day.
Andy Gilchrist, FBU general secretary said: 'These figures
show the estimated direct financial cost of a national fire
service strike, but do not show the indirect cost to life and
property should we be forced to take strike action next week.
'The government say we should join their review, which stopped
taking evidence last week. The review set up by the
government is not about pay; it is a wide-ranging review into
the whole of the fire service, which is being undertaken by three
people who know absolutely nothing about the service. It is a
complete sham. The FBU were informed by one of the review
team members, Tony Young, that the review would not
deliver what we are after, before they had even met!
'The government now have six days to settle this dispute before
any lives are put at risk. They need to stop morally
blackmailing professional firefighters' in the press and start
genuine talks with the FBU over pay.'