PM attacks ‘dangerous’ plans for further fire strikes

Prime
Minister Tony Blair says plans for further strike action by firefighters are
"wrong and dangerous".

Blair
said the Government will stick with the proposed settlement outlined in the
Bain report into working practices in the fire service.

Speaking
in the first of his televised press conferences, Blair said: "We believe
strike action is totally wrong, dangerous and unjustified.

"And
the government’s position remains [the same]: we support the Bain reforms, we
will hold firm to those reforms and we believe that is the only justifiable
basis upon which to settle the dispute."

By Quentin Reade

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