Matt Wrack

A government that lies and steals

The upcoming general election is an opportunity for voters, including FBU members, to hold all politicians to account. It is an opportunity to place demands on them and to influence the direction of the next Parliament. The record of the Tory/Liberal Democrat government is appalling. It has...

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May Day speech 2015

I gave three May Day speeches this year. Here is the one I gave in London at Trafalgar Square, on 1 May. May Day in London Trafalgar Square 1 May, 2015 I bring May Day greetings from the Fire Brigades Union to workers here in London but also to those across the world as workers and trade unionists...

Matt Wrack

After the election our struggle continues

With the general election only days away the result is still too close to call. Once the election is over, our union, with others, will need to assess the situation and the next steps for the FBU and the rest of the movement. It is clear that we are not likely to face any sudden easing-up of the...

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My speech on the Thomas review

Here is the speech I gave to the Local Government Association fire conference this week on the Thomas review of firefighter conditions of service. Matt Wrack FBU general secretary Thank you for the invitation to address your conference. You will not be surprised to hear that the Fire Brigades Union...

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My Trews interview with Russell Brand

In case you missed it, I thought I would post the link to the interview I did in December for Russell Brand’s Trews. It worked out better than I thought it would… .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe...

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We are not going away

2014 has been a year of protest, demonstration and struggle for firefighters. As we enter a new year I would like to pay tribute to all those members who have been solidly campaigning throughout the year for a fair pension settlement or against cuts to our service. Politicians will know by know how...

Matt Wrack

Government robbery continues

Pensions “My goal is clear: to get the best deal possible for firefighters and resolve this dispute.” Those were the words about the pension’s dispute that Penny Mordaunt, the Westminster fire minister, wrote to all firefighters in August. The FBU negotiations team was told that the minister was...

Matt Wrack

We need to stand strong – and we are

A newly released British film called Pride tells the true story of the Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners (LGSM) group and their tireless support for miners and their families in South Wales during the 1984/85 miners’...

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