In the United States there was a scandal when a fire company refused to put out a blaze because the homeowner hadn't paid for fire protection. But imagine the outrage if firefighters actually went on strike.
That's exactly what's happening in London. The union has sent firefighters out of the fire house and into the streets with picket signs because the city plans to layoff large numbers of its ranks.
You'd think the union would want to elicit public support over this issue. Not only does this action fail to do that, it puts the public at risk.
Workers, including public employees, have the right to organize and the right to strike. But there are exceptions when the public welfare is at stake.
It's unconscionable for firefighters to strike. Or to refuse to put out a house fire because a guy hadn't paid his dues.