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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 November 2002

Liar Blair!

Firefighters can win

TONY BLAIR is waging war on the firefighters. He's refusing to finance their wage claim but his arguments are backed up by lies:

Lie No 1 - The firefighters' claim will wreck the economy

There's more than enough money to meet the firefighters' full claim of 30,000 a year which would cost around 450 million. Just restoring corporation tax to its level before 2001 would release 11 billion a year.

Blair doesn't want to pay the firefighters. He's doing the bidding of his big business backers who want public services on the cheap so they can maintain their profits and mega salaries.

Lie No 2 - The firefighters don't want to modernise

As the FBU has explained, firefighters have been modernising for the past 25 years. But Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has admitted that their 'modernisation' means up to 11,000 job cuts.

Lie No 3 - The firefighters can't win

The firefighters have enormous public support. Teachers, council workers, lecturers and support staff in colleges and universities, rail workers have all been on strike in the past few weeks over low pay. Workers see that it's in their interests for the firefighters to win. With solidarity action they can.

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In The Socialist 29 November 2002:

Liar Blair!

No Fees: Fight for free education

Blair Declares War On FBU

Miners' strike: When Maggie Did A Blair?

Recession Hits The Capitalist System

Teachers, council workers: Marchers Demand United Action


 

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