Matt Wrack

Legal challenge on pensions

Those readers who have attended one of our recent members meetings will know that I have explained that we will use every possible avenue in our campaign to defend pensions. This will include political lobbying and campaigning, legal action where appropriate – and an industrial response if...

Robin Hood

Robin Hood in reverse

Know your enemy: Their agenda is to drive down our living standards The scale of the cuts being imposed by the Westminster coalition is huge and shocking. Many of the criticisms rightly point out that the speed and scale of the cuts may completely endanger any economic recovery – or at best...

Matt Wrack

So, farewell John…

The AssetCo saga continues. The civil war has produced a high level casualty as John Shannon, former Chief Executive and co-founder of the gang – has been kicked out by the board. See a ...

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...

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...

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;...

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...

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