Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

February 09, 2011 08:02 ET

Fire Brigades Union Asks: Was Our General Secretary's Phone Tapped?

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2011) - The Fire Brigades Union today called for a thorough police investigation of the allegation that its former general secretary Andy Gilchrist's phone was illegally tapped by the Sun newspaper during the firefighters' dispute of 2002-3.

General Secretary Matt Wrack said:

"I welcome my predecessor Andy Gilchrist's decision to ask the police to investigate whether his mobile phone was illegally intercepted by the Sun newspaper. I and other colleagues have long suspected that his phone was intercepted.

"The Sun made it clear throughout the strike that there were no lengths to which it would not go to damage the firefighters' cause, and to that end it targeted the general secretary, Andy Gilchrist, relentlessly.

"I saw something of Sun "dirty tricks" during the London firefighters' dispute on October and November last year – we kept a dossier to use for media training purposes. The daily vitriol – and the stories the Sun wanted to run, but that did not appear because we were able to demonstrate how easily we could disprove them – showed me that there were no lengths the paper would not go to, to discredit people who were in a dispute with their employers.

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  • Fire Brigades Union
    Francis Beckett
    020 8349 9194 or 07813 001372