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Australian firefighters support union in Sydney march

10-21-2010 13:45 BJT

SYDNEY, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- More than one thousand uniformed Australian firefighters on Thursday marched down the main street of Sydney in a parade to commemorate the world's oldest fire brigade union.

Fire brigade vehicles and police on bicycles flanked the firefighters, who waved banners in front of cheering bystanders, as they began their march about midday (local time) from Sydney Town Hall before moving down George Street toward Circular Quay on the northern edge of Sydney central business district.

The march was claimed to be the Australia's largest ever gathering of uniformed firefighters to mark the 100th anniversary of the Fire Brigade Employee's Union of New South Wales (FBEU) formed in 1910.

FBEU secretary Jim Casey said on Thursday the march recognized the importance of the union in achieving fair working conditions for its members.

Casey said the parade also acknowledged the contribution of the fire brigade to society.

The march is expected to finish at the Overseas Passenger Terminal near the Rocks in Sydney city center.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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