Firefighters

Q&A on the '18-20 club' firefighter pension victory

Earlier this month, our union won a huge victory after the government admitted that many firefighters who joined the service between the ages of 18 - 20 were missing up to two years’ worth of pension contributions. Those firefighters are now set to receive compensation, in some cases amounting to...

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The new Fire Brigades Union website

The new website for the Fire Brigades Union has just been launched after a few months in development. The new site was built using open source technologies, software developed as a public collaboration and made freely available. It is built in the powerful Drupal Content Management System (CMS),...

Defend trade union rights

On 2 November I spoke at the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Here is my speech. — TUC lobby 2 November, 2015 Today is the anniversary of the deaths of four firefighters at a fire in Warwickshire in 2007. Four workers; four members of our union. We...

Matt Wrack

The Chance of a Lifetime

Here is an article I wrote for Labour Briefing looking at the political situation facing our movement after the Corbyn victory. The original was published on 20th October 2015 and can be found here . — If you...

Jeremy Corbyn

Can Corbyn set Labour back on course?

As his campaign to lead the Labour party builds momentum, Jeremy Corbyn tells FBU communications officer William Murphy he is serious about offering a real alternative. Jeremy Corbyn is a busy man. The last two days have seen him in Yorkshire, Essex, Manchester, Swindon, Cardiff then back down to...

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Debating the future of our service – what we do, and what it’s worth

Our service is facing the worst of times. The cuts imposed under the previous Westminster government were the worst we have ever seen, and the planned cuts by the new Conservative government will be just as bad. Although these attacks are being made across public services, particular justifica­...

Matt Wrack

New Westminster government will continue attacks

The general election was a surprise to many. We now face a majority Conservative government and it is clear that it will move rapidly to implement its least popular policies. It will do this in the hope that some form of economic recovery will allow the Conservative Party to ease up as 2020...

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