Brand & Wrack

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’...

Ms Florence Reece

“Which side are you on?” three versions and more

There are various versions of the song. If you are of my generation you may well know Billy Bragg’s track which first appeared on the EP Between the wars. (Vinyl EPs – those were the days!) The song is a development of an older one written by a woman called Florence Reece who grew up in a coal...

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Picket lines songs and Union songs

Struggle – and songs The end of year is normally a time for all sorts of fun; for light hearted quizzes and competition. This year for FBU members and their families there is a very bleak side. We are still in the middle of a bitter fight to try to defend our pension rights and protect conditions...

Fire Engines

FBU Black Ribbon badge: Honour our dead – fight for the living

On Tuesday this coming week, many of us will attend the funeral of Brother Stephen Hunt in Bury. I will be wearing my FBU black ribbon badge in honour of Stephen and in memory of our other colleagues who have died in the line of duty. We introduced the ribbon badge a few years ago after we became...

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