'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?