Below is the text of a letter sent by myself and ULU President Michael Chessum to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU):
As the President and Vice President of the University of London Union (ULU), we send our full solidarity to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in their fight to halt fire station closures and stop job cuts in the fire service.
The weekend before the General Election, David Cameron told Andrew Marr that ‘any cabinet minister, if I win the election, who comes to me and says: “Here are my plans” and they involve front-line reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.’
Yet, fewer than three years later, here is the Government and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, proposing to close 12 fire stations and scale back services in two more, with the loss of over 500 jobs. These cuts are reckless and can only jeopardise public safety. The seriousness of this issue cannot be overstated.
Despite the London Assembly indicating clear opposition to the closure of fire services, the Mayor has stated a desire to continue regardless. This represents an astounding arrogance on behalf of the Tories and contempt for the opinions of Londoners and their elected representatives.
We re-iterate our solidarity with the FBU and our full support for your struggle.
Michael Chessum (President)
Daniel Lemberger Cooper (Vice President)