Strong roots, strong union

William Murphy finds out how the FBU’s retired and out of trade section is going from strength to strength ROOT – the retired and out of trade section of the FBU – is home to around 6,500 former firefighters and control operators. These are members who have either left or retired from the fire...

Austerity: 1920s style

Attacks on workers’ pay after the First World War saw the Firemen’s Trade Union (FTU) going to court to stop a 20% cut, says Helen Hague In the aftermath of the First World War trade unions were deeply woven into national life. Wartime strikes had won pay rises and the government had even forced...

First man to row the black sea - on borrowed time

For a man who can’t remember his watch, Berkshire firefighter Scott Butler recalls a lot of special ‘moments’ – he spoke to Lynne Wallis Firefighter Scott Butler, who works on white watch at Wokingham, Berkshire, relishes new experiences so much he set himself a challenge to do something new every...

Time to end the pay freeze

Firefighters face many more years of real-terms pay cuts if the Westminster government gets its way, says Paul Hampton Firefighters’ pay must be a central priority for a union like the FBU. Getting decent wages for our members, for the work they do and for the benefits they deliver to our...

Matt Wrack joins FBU members in training at Dorset and Wiltshire fire service’s Trowbridge station

Pay, safety and standards

The union’s conference was recalled in Blackpool on 21 March to discuss the state of discussions with our employers at the National Joint Council (NJC). These discussions, agreed by our conference over the past few years, are about the broadened role of our service and the pay and conditions which...

Firefighters under occupation

Lack of even the most basic firefighting equipment prompted the FBU to contact Palestinian firefighters several years ago. Now a new film traces what happened when one FBU member returned. William Murphy spoke to him. The authorities in Israel had no problem with some FBU members flouting the...

Three firefighters posing for a picture in the 1950s

And so it began...

The FBU was born at a time of social upheaval, when London police officers were on strike during a world war, writes Helen Hague . When thousands of striking police officers marched on Downing Street in late August 1918, women’s suffrage campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst sensed revolutionary fervour in...

Private money, public mayhem

The slow creep towards privatisation of the UK fire service. Special investigation by David Wibberley . It would be unacceptable and emotive for any politician to announce in public plans to privatise the UK fire service. Politicians accept that, despite the sustained government sponsored attacks...

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