SUTR rally March 2019 credit Mark Thomas

Hate vs Hope: The threat of right wing nationalism

To mark Black History Month, Cameron Matthews, chair, black and ethnic minority members committee, explores the current context of right wing nationalism. “If you are silent in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu. Across the globe we are seeing an...

FBU photo competition 2019 winner

FBU photo competition 2019

The FBU photo competition this year was the hardest to judge by a long way. A large entry had many images that were striking, told a story and illustrated one or more aspects of a firefighter’s working life. The requirement for only three winners forced some ruthless decision-making on the judges...

Remembering Alex Merry

The Fire Brigades Union has learned with deep regret of the passing of Bro Alex Merry and we want to acknowledge the special contribution he made to our union. From the day that Alex joined the FBU in 1965 he was an active and dedicated member. He grew to be one of our most successful officials and...

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FBU noticeboard competition 2019

We want to see photos of the most eye catching, stylish and, above all, organised FBU noticeboards from across the UK. A winner will be picked and awarded the title of ‘FBU Noticeboard of the year 2019’. As well as a special prize, your noticeboard will be featured in the October/November edition...

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-...

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