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The Fire Brigades Union is asking firefighters and control staff to make the switch to pay their membership subs by direct debit.

Almost half of all members currently pay their fees through a process known as check-off, where membership fees are deducted directly from wages.

In reaction to the government's Trade Union Bill, which would have outlawed check off, the FBU began moving members over to direct debit. Although the government has since backed down on the proposals, the FBU is still asking members to make the switch in order to ensure the union's finances and your rights remain protected. 

John McGhee, FBU national officer, said: “We now have nearly 50% of members signed up to pay via direct debit. This is a huge achievement and shows how strongly firefighters and control staff back the union.

“Although the pressure is off to get people signed over by 2017 – when the legislation would have kicked in – we believe the most viable option to secure the future of our union is for members to have direct debit arrangements in place. The threat made by this government to remove check off is one which remains and we should ensure our voice does not get put at risk.”

All members who still pay by check-off will be sent a Direct Debit mandate in the coming weeks. Forms can also be obtained from your local officials or alternatively, members can download the form online via the links on this page. You should return your form FREEPOST to the membership department. 

Download Direct Debit form here