Action call divides opinion

PUBLISHED: 13:13 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

Angela Pateman

Angela Pateman

PUBLIC opinion of the proposed Fire Brigades Union strikes is mixed. On Tuesday The Comet asked shoppers in Hitchin what they thought about the two eight-hour strikes on Monday and Saturday next week and although some people believed the strikes were just

Harry Simmons

PUBLIC opinion of the proposed Fire Brigades Union strikes is mixed.

On Tuesday The Comet asked shoppers in Hitchin what they thought about the two eight-hour strikes on Monday and Saturday next week and although some people believed the strikes were justified others thought lives could be threatened.

Penny Mitchell, 57, said she was concerned the strikes could put lives at risk.

She said: "If the Government gets their way in filling this place up with more and more houses, and there are strikes which will take away the people who are employed to put out fires, then lives will be in peril."

Vincent Patrick

Richard Worbey, 78, said although they do a good job, the firefighters cannot have it both ways.

He said: "They put their lives at risk, we shouldn't forget that. But they cannot always go on strike when they have a problem."

Road sweeper Vincent Patrick said he is worried about the strikes because he lives in a flat and would find it difficult to escape.

"If it burns down I'm done for," he said.

Other residents were more sympathetic to the strikes.

Angela Pateman, 43, said: "I have sympathy for them but I don't think they will allow for lives to be put at risk. I'm not worried about it because it's more than their job is worth."

Harry Simmons agreed with Ms Patemen.

He said: "If they're having a strike for a reason then that's fine by me. I've got no problem with that.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Comet. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the The Comet