As of 6pm GMT, the firefighters' union here started a 48 hour strike for the first time in 25 years. They're asking for a 40% pay raise, and the government is only willing to give them a 4% pay raise, with an additional 7% to follow later. The military has taken over firefighting duties, albeit with trashy old vehicles that can only drive at 30mph. A couple of people have already died from fires, though in cases where they probably would've died anyway, even without the strike. I guess I won't even pretend to know enough about this issue to comment on it.