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Statement by Ian Lang, president of the board of trade, who has condemned the Fire Brigades Union's decision to str...
Statement by Ian Lang, president of the board of trade, who has condemned the Fire Brigades Union's decision to strike, and to call further industrial action, in the face of yesterday's terrorist threat from the IRA.

He said:

'Once again the Fire Brigades Union has shown its cynical determination to abuse the public interest. On the very day that the IRA have jeopardised the safety of the public, which could have placed sudden and enormous demands on the Essex emergency services, the union have recklessly proceeded with another strike. Not only did the union strike on Monday, and will proceed with another walkout on Wednesday, but they have also announced two further days of strikes on April 30th and May 3rd.

'This monstrous contempt for public safety will not be tolerated by Conservatives. Our proposals, outlined in our manifesto, will allow members of the public to prevent public sector unions from taking industrial action which has excessive or disproportionate effects, and to claim compensation if the union goes ahead regardless. What could be more excessive than standing by in the face of a possible terrorist threat to millions of people in the South East?

'Labour's posturing on the fire strike has been pitiful. They issue lukewarm criticisms of the strike, but have absolutely no plans whatsoever to protect the public interest as we have. It is an indication of just how high the price is of their secret deal with the unions.'
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