In France civilian firemen are the latest public service workers to take to the streets.?
GV Firemen with large banner outside town hall
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GV Helmeted firemen with banners marching along road (6 shots)
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Background: In France civilian firemen are the latest public service workers to take to the streets. On Tuesday (19 December) they marched through Paris protesting against poor wages and conditions.
SYNOPSIS: The firemen, most of them in uniform, gathered in front of the town hall. The Paris fire brigade is operated by soldiers, but banners and leaflets reminded Parisians of the importance of the civilian service outside the capital.
The firemen's dispute follows similar protests by dustmen, railmen and local government officers. Thousands of French workers are now feeling the pinch of the government's two-year austerity programme aimed at improving the ailing economy. The firemen are demanding reclassification and want more pay. They say the fire service should be increased from twelve to thirty thousand officers. This would improve the service and help reduce France's unemployment problem. There are one point three million people out of work. The firemen's banners stressed their sense of responsibility to the community. None of the men marching were on duty, and a full service was maintained throughout the country.