Solidarity shouldn’t stop at national borders

“…the Fire Brigades Union is part of the working-class movement and, linking itself with the international trade union and labour movement, has at its ultimate aim the bringing about of the Socialist system of society…”

Solidarity – joining together with others who share a common interest – is the very basis of trade unionism, and it shouldn’t stop at national borders. With Britain’s economy and political system ever more interdependent with Europe and the rest of the world, the FBU’s international work is now as important as it has ever been.

The FBU has a proud history of solidarity with workers in struggle across the globe, one it shares with the whole of the UK labour movement. Over the years, we have extended the hand of friendship to workers and trade unions abroad and they too have reciprocated with support to the FBU and FBU members when we have most needed it.

Our international activity is carried out today together with other trade unions through the TUC and “internationals” such as the Public Services International (PSI) and European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), as well as through affiliated organisations such as Cuba Solidarity, Justice for Colombia and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

At a national, regional and local level, FBU members and officials are active in campaigning on issues from trade union and human rights to poverty, independence struggles, HIV/AIDs and global peace and disarmament.

How is FBU international policy decided?

The FBU’s international policy is determined by annual conference, which considers resolutions from branches/brigades, regions, sections and the Executive Council. The EC’s international sub-committee is responsible for international policy between conferences, including determining the international work priorities of the union.
Whether it’s providing moral, political, financial or practical help to workers and trade unions abroad, uniting across borders on common issues or simply exchanging ideas and information, the FBU is keen for members and officials to get involved.

Want to get more involved?

If you want to progress an international issue in the FBU, start by raising it at your next branch or brigade meeting, through your section or write directly to Matt Wrack, Secretary to the International Sub-Committee, at Head Office.

If you are active in international campaigns at a local level, would like to become more involved, or wish to be better informed about the Union’s international campaigns, email us at