Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union said: â€œCameron and Clegg have launched a war on working people and todayâ€™s demonstration is the start of the fightback. They expect us to suffer tax increases, pay cuts, unemployment and devastation of our pensions to pay for the crisis their friends in the city caused. They should expect the fight of their lives.
â€œThousands of firefighters from across the country are joining the TUCâ€™s march for jobs growth and justice. Firefighters know first hand that the Tory-led coalition cannot be trusted. David Cameron pledged no cuts to frontline firefighter jobs when he visited Carlisle fire station on the eve of the general election.
â€œIt was, of course, just empty, cynical electioneering. Nineteen job cuts were soon announced in the area â€“ a snapshot of the 1,200 frontline firefighter jobs that will have disappeared across the country by the beginning of April. Another 500 jobs are being axed across the fire and rescue service, increasing the risk of fire deaths and injuries. The fire service is facing the most sustained attack in living memory. The complacency of ministers is astonishing.
â€œWe are joining the march for jobs, growth and justice to show that there is an alternative to the governmentâ€™s narrow, public-sector hating dogma which threatens to destroy jobs and choke off growth. We will be marching to defend the public services this government seems to despise – and protect the communities we serve. And to show that there is an alternative.â€