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(en) Freedom 6323 Nov 30 2002 - Modernising the fire service: an anarchist manifesto

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sun, 8 Dec 2002 02:32:33 -0500 (EST)

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When considering industrial action, never ask for things
you don't know the bosses can give you. Not every
garden path has roses at the end of it. We suggest
firefighters accept the 4% they've been offered and go
back to work. It's not much but at least they'll know
where they stand and how much they're really worth to
the state. Since Tony Blair thinks they're second-rate,
why not give him the service he expects. We suggest
firefighters introduce a work to rule, based on Freedom's
Manifesto for a Modern Fire Service.

- We will fight any fire where life is threatened, but not
put out fires when it's not.
- We will not go to the house of any cabinet minister,
they paid themselves more than we're asking now.
- If MPs don't want to support our claim for decent pay,
let the House of Commons burn. It's happened before
and may do again.
- We will go to a fire at any state school but not at a
private one.
- If you're rich enough to pay for a private ward, we
suggest you buy your own fire extinguisher. You may
need it.
- We will not put out a fire at GAP or Harvey Nicks,
Harrods or Calvin Klein, Starbucks or McDonalds.
- Since the bosses would rather keep their profits than
pay higher taxes, they're going to need more than smoke
alarms at their factories.
- We will not go to a house worth more than twice the
local average, nor to weekend cottages in the Cotswolds.
- If your door is more than twenty yards from the road,
that's too far for us.
- As the government won't tax the rich to help pay public
sector workers, let the rich fight their own fires.
- Since Tony Blair would like to make public sector
strikes illegal, we won't go to a fire at law courts that
might imprison us.
- If your pet is up a tree we'll rescue it, but if your pet's a
Jag we won't.
- If your car cost more than we earn cut yourself out, and
if your idea of the good life is a riverside mansion we
suggest you invest in flood protection.
We respond to every fire or emergency without asking
what the cost will be or whether the person we're helping
is worth it. Since the government weighs our lives in
pounds and pence, how much do you think you're worth?
The problem is that government sets the standards, the
councils pay the bills and we do the work. But society is
ignored. Why not cut out the intermediaries, the bosses
and the state, and work directly with us?
Let the Fire Brigades Union take over the management of
the Fire Service itself.
Every three years you and the rest of society will discuss
plans for service delivery and management with us.
Let an independent committee of ordinary people with
the necessary skills scrutinise and endorse the plan.
You don't think it could work? But there's already an
emergency service that saves lives in hazardous
It's the best in the world and it largely manages itself. It's
called the lifeboats - ordinary people doing extraordinary
things, with not a politician in sight to muck it up.
Now that's modernisation!

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