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...

Andrew Adams and family with Greenock Morton FC defender Michael Doyle

The fire service is like a family. We are always there for each other

The whole world becomes a challenge when a firefighter suffers injuries like those Andrew Adams sustained while fighting a fire. As he becomes the first beneficiary of the new Firefighters 100 Lottery, Andrew tells William Murphy how his life has changed. Severed spinal cord, fractured neck, three...

FBU campaigning against cuts to Avon Fire and Rescue Service

We are the custodians of our service

“Don’t think of this as your own personal job - you’re only looking after it for the next person.” This is one of the first things many of us were told when we joined the fire service. It is a view held so strongly throughout the service that it is expressed across our profession, by people of all...

Judges win parallel discrimination pension case

Over two hundred judges at various levels of the judicial structure have brought age discrimination claims regarding the reform of the Judicial Pension Scheme, a close parallel to the claims brought on behalf of younger firefighters who were transferred into the 2015 Firefighters’ Pension Scheme...

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