Notts meeting

Wrack on the road: East Midlands

On Wednesday I spent the day in region 6 – the East Midlands. The journey there had a slightdown side – considering I had not had any breakfast yet. When I asked on the train (East Midlands Trains) if there was a buffet/shop the guard told me that it had been outsourced – and replaced with a (very...

FBU meeting

Wrack on the road: Region 12

Monday was Region 12 – the FBU Southern Region. We started in Buckinghamshire at Aylesbury. Then on to Winchester for a Hampshire members’ meeting. Both discussions were extremely wide ranging; union tactics in building our campaign; how to challenge bias in the press and develop a media strategy;...

What links AssetCo and Bull Connor?

AssetCo : a (troubled) firm trying to make money out of our emergency service. Eugene ‘Bull’ Connor : a racist police chief in Birmingham, Alabama in the early 1960s. What links them? Well, on May 3rd 1963 Connor, the racist and segregationist chief of police, ordered the Birmingham, Alabama fire...

Matt Wrack

Wrack on the road: Wales

This week I spent two days in Wales attending FBU members’ meetings. Firstly at Colwyn Bay (North Wales); then Morriston, Swansea (Mid and West); and finally Cardiff Central (South Wales). We again covered the various attacks we face on jobs, pay and pensions and where the fire service will be...

Clown

AssetCo: taking things beyond satire…

AssetCo should win an award for comedy – very, very dark satire. We keep being assured that they are over their problems. The Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson, assures everyone that everything is OK. The fire minister tells us everything is OK but in any case it’s nothing to do...

Matt Wrack delivering speech

LGA: fire conference 2011

Yesterday I was speaking at the Local Government Association ( LGA ) annual fire conference. I was invited to give a short introductory speeech to a panel discussion. Here is what i said:...

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