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Firefighters’ union leader backs TUSC candidates in London elections

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU firefighters’ union, is to speak at an election rally for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (1) on 21 March.

He will be speaking in support of two London FBU members, Ian Leahair and Sian Griffiths who are TUSC candidates in the London elections on 3 May.

Wrack said:

"I am delighted to be able to support two members of the Fire Brigades Union who are standing for election to the London Assembly as part of the TUSC list. As a union we are facing huge cuts to our service. We are also seeing creeping privatisation of the London Fire Brigade – a policy which has already been a disaster. I know Ian and Sian will fight to defend good quality public services for the people of London"

Ian Leahair is the London representative on the union’s national executive committee, representing 5,500 firefighters.

Sian Griffiths, one of the first women firefighters in the country, was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal (QFSM) for distinguished service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2010.

Leahair said:

“The privatisation of our fire appliances and equipment is jeopardizing the safety of Londoners. Senior London Fire Brigade officers have just confirmed that the recent financial crisis afflicting AssetCo, the private company which was awarded the long term contract for the vehicle fleet and equipment of the LFB, has caused a sharp deterioration in the company’s operational performance, leading to reduced availability of critical appliances.”

“We call on the LFB to scrap its plans to sell off other key functions of the Brigade, including its control and training arm.”

Wrack will be speaking at the meeting alongside Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT rail union.

The meeting will take place at the Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8EP, on Wednesday 21 March at 7:15pm


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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.