Peterloo massacre illustration credit MEPL

The Peterloo massacre - 200 years on

This year marks the 200 th anniversary of a key event for democracy and the trade union movement in Britain – one that was brushed under history’s carpet for many years. David Wibberley tells the story…. It was a peaceful rally to call for political reform. It ended in a bloodbath in which 18...

Jeff Naylor firefighter died in the line of duty in 1983

Remembering a quiet hero

Dr Shane Ewen tells Jeff’s story as a reminder of the sacrifices firefighters make to protect their local communities and his significance in the union’s campaign for improved firefighter safety across the service. On 10 July 1983, 36 years ago, firefighter Jeff Naylor died as a result of burns...

Firefighters on picket line

Fight to free our unions

Riccardo La Torre, FBU Eastern regional secretary and Sacha Ismail, Free Our Unions campaign organiser, say that we need strong legal rights to be able to take action to support our own campaigns as well as those of other...

Refugee rescue in the Mediterranean photographer Doug Kuntz

Rescue first, ask questions later

Imagine being holed up on a ship in the Mediterranean with 47 young migrants, many escaping torture, slavery and other forms of abuse. Official boats with flashing blue lights surround you, blocking attempts to land in Syracuse on the southeast coast of Sicily after already being turned away from...

Blair Peach - 40 years on

On the 23 rd April 1979, Blair Peach - a teacher, a trade unionist, a socialist and a father – was killed. Cameron Matthews , chair of FBU’s black & ethnic minority committee, pays tribute to his story and his fight against the far right. A 33 year old young man, Blair was a lifelong anti-...

Firefighters attending Grenfell Silent Walk

Grenfell silent walk

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) join the Grenfell silent walk on the 14 th of every month to pay their respects to the 72 lives lost on 14 June 2017. Dorset and Wiltshire brigade organiser Andy Thompson writes about the importance of the event and why FBU members continue to attend every...

Protesting against the politics of hate

On 16 March thousands of trade unionists and anti-racists will take to the streets of London, Cardiff and Glasgow to protest the politics of hate, writes Eastern Regional Secretary Riccardo la Torre. I and fellow firefighters will be joining them, continuing the Fire Brigades Union’s proud history...

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