Fire­fight­ers strike over pay

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Remembrance -

Coat­bridge fire­fight­ers took part in a two-day walk­out as part of their bid to gain a 40 per cent wage hike in late 2002.

But Strath­clyde Fire Board con­vener Joe Shaw said their wage de­mands were“out of the ques­tion”in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Ad­ver­tiser.

Strik­ers from the Coat­bridge sta­tion – pic­tured in the edi­tion of Novem­ber 20, 2002 – re­ceived strong back­ing from the Mon­k­lands pub­lic, with mo­torists toot­ing their horns in sup­port as they drove past the Main Street build­ing.

Mr Shaw praised the Army for step­ping in but was afraid of the risks a planned eight-day strike could have on the pub­lic.

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