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The Fire Brigades Union yesterday said the deal "means the taxpayer is paying pounds 9million for a scab fire force".
One eyewitness said: "They stood on him, calling him a scab and hurt him so bad he was sick with the pain.
If someone tries to cross the picket line, ``You should call them what they are at that point, a scab, and any other derogatory term you feel appropriate to use for an individual who is taking wages from you and your family.