Right to strike under threat?(News)

The Fire Services Bill passed into law with Royal Assent last month. The controversial Act gives the Secretary of State the power to direct Fire Service assets from the centre, although he would be required to consult 'as he sees fit' persons or their representatives who may be affected by his decision.

In debating the Lord's amendments, Fire Minister Nick Raynsford stressed: "We do not intend to use directions under clause 1(1)(b) for asset stripping, some sort of privatisation or a mass fire station. closure programme. However, we want to ensure that the proper modernisation of the Fire Service can be implemented. I fully expect and hope that this can be done without the use of these powers, but that may not be possible. …

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