Striking firefighters cash in with taxi driving

than 500 striking London firefighters are working part-time as taxi drivers,
the London Evening Standard claims.

Standard claims thousands of firefighters are earning enough in their second
jobs to hold out for a pay increase.

leaders said around 20 per cent of London’s 5,800 firefighters have a second
job, but local authority employers refute this – claiming the figure is closer
to 80 per cent.

Standard quotes a ‘highly-placed’ source in the taxi industry who said:
"It is well-known among cabbies that out of 24,000 qualified drivers,
between 500 and 600 are firefighters."

is claimed that firefighters working as cabbies at least two days per week
could earn £300 on top of the £21,500 they earn from the fire brigade.

more work as minicab drivers and tradesmen, the paper said.

By Quentin Reade

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