Firefighter in engine passenger seat

Delay in government pension proposals

Government sets deadline and then fails to comply with it I am making this entry this evening so that members viewing the wesbite can gain a quick update – a circular will be issued covering these points tomorrow. I am sure you will be aware that the government set a deadline of 20 January 2012 for...

Firefighter sitting after fire

Article in the Morning Star

I wrote this article for the Morning Star, published on Wednesday The attacks firefighters and other public sector workers face on pensions are truly unprecedented. We have had battles over pensions before, but the range of attacks we are facing today and the scale of the attack on our living...

Matt Wrack

Farewell NoW

So today sees the last edition of the News Of The World! Time to say farewell. The crisis resulting from the phone hacking scandal has finally forced Murdoch to carry out a damage limitation exercise. He is presumably hoping that this move will demonstrate his organisation is serious about tackling...

Matt Wrack

Wrack on the road: Devon & Somerset

Sorry to post this a little late. Last week I attended two meeting in Devon & Somerset. Firstly at Camels Head fire station in Plymouth. This was a well attended open meeting for members where we addressed the various challenges we face on pensions, pay and jobs – all arising from the cuts...

Matt Wrack

Personal campaign fund 2010

Since my election as General Secretary in 2005 I have maintained a campaign fund into which I have paid a portion (approximately 30%) of my salary. This arose from a pledge to base my own earnings more closely on those of FBU members. This was explained to members at the time through a bulletin...

Protests

The world economy: still a right mess

So what is happening to the economy? We have been told that the pain of the cuts, the VAT increase, job losses etc. would set us on a road to recovery. Well, the truth is that no downturn lasts forever so George Osborne’s predictions will eventually turn out to be correct – just like a stopped...

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