What does the political fund pay for?

10290 FBU Fund vote A5 x 4pp LOW RES copyThe FBU is currently balloting it’s members over the continuation of the union’s political fund ballot. Continue reading

Posted in Parliament, Press releases 2013 |

Fire Brigades Union reaction to death of off-duty firefighter Alan Brown in Edinburgh

Scotland logoReacting to the death of off-duty firefighter Alan Brown in Edinburgh today, Fire Brigades Union secretary for the east area of Scotland, Andy Fulton, said:

“We are devastated about the news of Alan’s death.

“He was a great friend and colleague and he will be sorely missed by everyone in the fire service. Continue reading

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Firefighters union official tells chief fire officers’ conference: firefighters face sack merely for getting older

FBU ( Fire Brigades Union ) portraitsSean Starbuck, Fire Brigades Union national officer, is addressing the Chief Fire Officers Association Peoples Summit 2014 at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon at 2.40pm on Wednesday 2 April 2014. He is expected to say:

“Large numbers of firefighters still face the threat of being sacked simply for getting older despite the FBU submitting a significant amount of evidence highlighting that expecting them to work until 60 is unworkable.

“The government’s own evidence shows that 66% of current firefighters over 55 are below the recommended fitness level required to safely perform the role, and non-operational jobs required for re-deploying firefighters who cannot maintain operational fitness simply don’t exist.

“The government must provide a guarantee that firefighters will not be punished merely for getting older: all firefighters want is a fair pensions system that is based on the realities of their jobs.”

Posted in Press releases 2013 |

Lobby your MP to sign motion on fire cuts!

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As a result of the FBU’s lobby of parliament last week, the number of MPs that have signed a motion opposing cuts to the fire and rescue service has gone up to 32.

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Posted in Cuts |

South Yorkshire firefighters demonstrate against cuts (pictures)

Firefighters in South Yorkshire organised a last-minute protest on Monday 31 March outside South Yorkshire Fire Authority.

The demo was held to oppose the authority’s decision to remove fire engines from Rotherham and Barnsley fire stations, which local Fire Brigades Union officials say was made in response to the union lodging a dispute against the implementation of crewing changes without any public consultation.

You can find a gallery of pictures from the demonstration here.

Posted in Press releases 2013 |

Pensions: urgent matters of concern arising from the budget (video)

The Fire Brigades Union have released another video for members on the pensions campaign.

In the clip, Matt Wrack, general secretary, talks about recent developments and the next steps for the union.

You can watch the video here.

Matt has also written to all FBU members on pensions. You can read the circular here.

Posted in Pensions |