Category Archives: @ Matt Wrack’s Blog

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“Which side are you on?” three versions and more

There are various versions of the song. If you are of my generation you may well know Billy Bragg’s track which first appeared on the EP Between the wars. (Vinyl EPs – those were the days!) The song is a more »

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Picket lines songs and Union songs

Struggle – and songs The end of year is normally a time for all sorts of fun; for light hearted quizzes and competition. This year for FBU members and their families there is a very bleak side. We are still more »

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FBU Black Ribbon badge: Honour our dead – fight for the living

On Tuesday this coming week, many of us will attend the funeral of Brother Stephen Hunt in Bury. I will be wearing my FBU black ribbon badge in honour of Stephen and in memory of our other colleagues who have more »

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No threat of capability? Who are they trying to kid?

The FBU is currently balloting members over pensions. We expect a bit of a war of words at such a time. The governments(s) have started responding. So have various Chief Officers and other principal managers. One theme of these responses more »

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Firefighters needs the facts on pensions

As you might expect on a subject such as pensions, there are a lot of facts and figures being fired around. But one emerged this week that was particularly telling. After a phone-in on pensions with Fire Minister Brandon Lewis, more »

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FBU national school: Wortley Hall and Woody Guthrie

Last week saw the FBU annual national school take place at Wortley Hall near Sheffield. The FBU has a very long association with Wortley going back to the 1950s when the venue was bought with the aim of developing it more »

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