"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

March 18, 2009


"You're lucky - Working to Rule simply means putting the fire out ...''
Photo and cartoons: Daily Mail, Daily Mirror
Firefighters across the U.K. staged a nationwide strike in November 1977 - and walked out again in 2002 and 2003.

The BBC said that during the first strike "firefighters eventually settled for a 10% increase, taking an average salary to just over £4,000, with the promise of more to come.''

There was more to come.

The BBC said: "Firefighters went on strike again in 2002/03. The long-running dispute which included a series of one day stoppages over a period of several months ended with a 16% pay rise tied to a modernisation package."

The military staffed civil defense fire engines during the strikes.