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'FIRE STRIKE WILL COST OVER£5.2M PER DAY'

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The Fire Brigades Union estimates that the cost of a national...
The Fire Brigades Union estimates that the cost of a national

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.

These estimates are based on the published costs of the fire

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.'

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