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...

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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...

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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