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FBU in historic affiliation to Labour

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 27th November 2015 at 14:46 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Today, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has made a historic move as the first trade union to re-affiliate to the Labour Party more than a decade after it withdrew its support. Union delegates voted for the FBU to support the Labour Party, reinvigorated after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, at a special conference in Blackpool. The FBU was one of the first trade unions to declare support for Corbyn’s leadership campaign. The union’s executive council voted to recommend re-affiliation after...
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Dismay as government confirm plans for PCC takeover of fire and rescue services

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 25th November 2015 at 16:03 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has reacted with dismay at the inclusion in the chancellor’s published autumn statement of plans for legislation to be brought forward for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to run fire and rescue services. The FBU has raised concerns throughout the year about such a move on the basis that it will put financial savings ahead of public safety. It will also put an end to the independence that firefighters consider vital in order to carry out their jobs. This includes...
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Video | Building the fight against austerity – Matt Wrack’s speech

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 25th November 2015 at 13:19 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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FBU wins fairer commutation campaign and continues other legal challenges – donate to our campaign fund here

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 24th November 2015 at 13:47 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Members will have followed the FBU fairer commutation campaign with interest. The FBU has fought long and hard to ensure the retirement lump sum of thousands of firefighter were corrected following mistakes by Government Actuaries Department. Early this year the Pensions Ombudsman decided to retrospectively apply the uplift for firefighters who retired from 1 December 2001 to 21 August 2006. The decision means that thousands of firefighters and even more police officers will receive the lump sum...
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Blog | Defend trade union rights

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 23rd November 2015 at 9:17 - Posted in Fire Blogs

On 2 November I spoke at the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Here is my speech. — TUC lobby 2 November, 2015 Today is the anniversary of the deaths of four firefighters at a fire in Warwickshire in 2007. Four workers; four members of our union. We investigated that incident – as part of fighting for justice, as part of fighting for compensation – and as part of trying to make the workplace safer. That investigation was long and complex. It...
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More than 100 West Midlands firefighters to demonstrate outside the fire service HQ

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 20th November 2015 at 17:08 - Posted in Fire Blogs

What: Lobby of the West Midlands Fire Authority Where: West Midlands Fire Service HQ, Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW. When: 10am, Monday 23 November 2015 Large numbers of West Midlands firefighters will hold a demonstration outside West Midlands Fire Service headquarters on Monday morning ahead of a possible trade dispute. The firefighters are protesting against fire service plans to change working patterns, reduce rates of pay and remove existing leave arrangements.  West Midlands Fire Authority...
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Gloucestershire firefighters slam disgraceful decision to remove full-time cover during ongoing consultation

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 20th November 2015 at 8:00 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Gloucestershire has slammed senior managers in the county’s fire and rescue service for “suspending” full-time fire cover at Cirencester fire station, despite a public consultation into the future of fire cover at this station being inconclusive. Fire cover in Cirencester is the subject of an ongoing public consultation being run by Gloucestershire County Council, who recently announced plans to cut frontline fire cover in the county.  Full-time firefighters...
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Video | FBU national school

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 20th November 2015 at 2:13 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The focus of this year’s FBU national school, which took place at Wortley Hall near Sheffield earlier this month, was organising and campaigning for future challenges. This annual event gives the opportunity for members to learn how to organise in the workplace and improve industrial relations within the fire and rescue service. Speakers at this year’s school included the newly appointed shadow fire minister Liz McInnes MP, who took part in a question and answer session with members, and one...
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UK firefighters send solidarity to French comrades

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 19th November 2015 at 15:50 - Posted in Fire Blogs

The Fire Brigades Union has sent a message of solidarity to firefighters in France, following the horrific terrorist attacks last week in Paris. Seven coordinated terror attacks left 129 people dead and hundreds injured. In the message Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, says firefighters in the UK watched “with great pride and admiration as French firefighters attended the scenes of these atrocities and took care of the dead and injured. “Firefighters across the UK stand shoulder to...
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Longest 999 fire response times for 20 years, government admits

Written by RSS Poster Fire Brigades Union on the 19th November 2015 at 13:23 - Posted in Fire Blogs

As the Government today (19 November) announces the longest response times to fires in England in two decades, the FBU claims the ever lengthening time it takes for fire crews to arrive are a direct result of ‘life-threatening cuts’. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published their Fire Incidents Response Times document today, which collates figures from April 2014 to March 2015, and shows a marked increase in the amount of time it takes for firefighters to get to emergencies....
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