James Watt Street fire 50 years on

50 years on from the James Watt Street fire which killed 22 people, Denise Christie, Scottish secretary, reflects on the events of 18 November 1968. The James Watt Street fire, a fatal factory fire in Glasgow, was notable for the huge loss of life, with 22 employees killed and trapped in a building...

Age discrimination pension case Court of Appeal update: day 2

Age discrimination pension case Court of Appeal update: day 2 6 NOVEMBER 2018 Following on from the update from day 1, which outlined the government’s case, day 2 provided the opportunity to counter their arguments. The nature of the case means that this update covers some points which are complex...

You can't put a label on anybody

Everyone has a story to tell, but few can be as fascinating as that of firefighter and former ‘kinky boot’ manufacturer Steve Pateman, who has put his experiences into a new book. He talked to Will Stone Northampton firefighter Steve Pateman, 56, once an entrepreneur, is the unlikely hero behind...

Firefighters sleep out in support of homeless charity​

Helping the most vulnerable in society is second nature for firefighters, says Mav Langdon. Members of the Fire Brigades Union in Eastern England will spend a night sleeping rough to raise money for a homelessness charity. HARP support over 1,000 people who are either homeless, or at risk of...

To serve as a Labour MP is an honour, not a right

A lifetime’s entitlement to a parliamentary seat is utterly undemocratic says FBU general secretary Matt Wrack --- THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION (FBU) conference in June made a bold and significant intervention into the Labour Party’s democracy review by demanding the party adopt mandatory reselection of...

A history of activism

Members taking part in this year’s FBU women’s school had two anniversaries to celebrate. Helen Hague talked to them about what they get from the school (all photos copyright of Jess Hurd) --- There was something rather special about the FBU women’s school in the union’s centenary year. Women in...

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