Matt Wrack

Letter to the fire minister on AssetCo

Bob Neill MP Fire Minister Dear Bob I am writing to bring to your urgent attention a very serious situation. Inland Revenue has petitioned the High Court to wind up AssetCo, the company which now owns and maintains all London’s fire engines, because of its tax debts. This means that every single...

Matt Wrack

Wrack on the road: West Sussex, East Sussex; Kent and Surrey

Have just returned from two days in the FBU’s Region 11 (South East) attending meeting in each of thefour brigades West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Surrey. These meetings, once again, included a report on the various challenges and attacks we are facing. In these I have attempted to highlight the...

Waltham Forest

Another weekend: another protest

Most weekends now we have protests and I have been up and down the country over the past few months attending various events, demonstrations rallies and lobbied. Last weekend I was at this event in Waltham Forest, my own borough. These events are highlighting the impact of cuts on local communities...

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Bad news for AssetCo: bring on the violins

I am sure FBU members across the UK will be weeping tears at the latest news regarding AssetCo. The firm, which owns the privatised fire engines in London and Lincolnshire has some commercial and financial troubles. The...

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Music and politics?

Are you bothered what politicians have on their i-pods? In December, David Cameron got a bit of stick for announcing that his musical taste included The Smiths and The Jam. Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr started the debate by tweeting that Cameron was...

Matt Wrack

Hit the North: Discussing the campaign to defend our service

I have just got back from a meeting in Manchester of FBU officials from around the UK. We called the meeting to discuss the challenges we face on jobs, pay, pensions and the future of our service. A representative from every brigade, region and section of the union attended. A central part of the...

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Cuts in our service: radio coverage

BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday included some coverage of the cuts we are facing in the Fire and Rescue Service as a result of the Westminster government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. You can listen to the prgramme on...

Woody Sez

Woody Sez: see it if you can

Last week I went to see the show Woody Sez at the Arts Theatre in London. You can see their site here. This is a musical based on the life and songs of American folk singer Woody Guthrie – and I thought it was brilliant. Your can read...

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