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From: The Socialist issue 863, 8 July 2015: Greek workers show the way

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Yorkshire firefighters demonstrate against crew cuts

Photo by Iain Dalton

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Iain Dalton

Firefighters and supporters demonstrated in Easingwold, Yorkshire on 24 June against 1.3 million cuts. The Fire Brigades Union is opposing proposed 'mixed crewing'. Instead of running fire engines with a full-time crew, bosses want to reduce crew sizes further to three plus one part-timer.

In rural Yorkshire there are big distances between full-time stations and small-town, part-time stations. This, alongside other proposals, will lead to much longer response times.

One firefighter commented: "In smaller fire brigades like North Yorkshire there's no fat to cut. Services are over-stretched now. Unfortunately, someone may have to die before those at the top see that."

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