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London Fire Brigade Union leader and election candidate slams Tory plans to privatize control rooms

Ian Leahair, FBU National Executive Controversial plans to outsource the London fire control centre could be agreed today by the Tory led London fire authority, raising serious questions about firefighter and public safety.

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (1) election candidate and firefighter Ian Leahair (2) said:

‘Firefighters and the public rely heavily on the local knowledge, expertise and professionalism of control room staff, who are the first line of attack in saving lives in an emergency. The work of control staff cannot be underestimated and we should not just sit back and allow this Government or any other political party to simply dismantle such an important public service.’

He added:

‘Brian Coleman and his Tories friends are intent on the wide scale privatisation of the fire service and if this proposal to outsource the control centre is endorsed today then the only thing left in the London Fire Brigade to privatise will be the firefighters themselves. We have to stop this Tory agenda of privatisation of the public sector and the dismantling of the welfare state.’

ENDS

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Notes for editors

(1) The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stands in opposition to public spending cuts and privatisation, calls for investment in public services and public ownership and control of the major utilities, the repeal of the anti-trade union laws. For more information see: http://www.tusc.org.uk/

In London TUSC is standing only in the London-wide list section for the London Assembly Elections. It is not contesting for mayor or in the constituency section. See: http://www.tusc.org.uk/london_tusc.php

(2) Ian Leahair is on the FBU National Executive and is a list candidate for TUSC in the London Assembly elections