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"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw The Fire Brigades Union knows the value of good communication. It’s how we keep our members up to date and how we influence the political debate in Westminster and beyond. We need to...

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Heart unions week will showcase the amazing work of trade unions

One of the first things the government did after the election was to announce new restrictions on trade unions. All through the autumn, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and our member unions have been fighting the government’s trade union bill – which threatens the fundamental right to strike as...

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Police takeover of fire service will put public safety at risk

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is extremely concerned by the government’s proposals for greater emergency service collaboration which would allow Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England take control of fire services in their area. Both services have been under severe financial pressure due...

Why are the Government not protecting firefighters?

I led a debate at Westminster this week on the funding of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the scale of cuts to hit the service and the impact they will have. The floods this winter showed the importance of fire and rescue services being resilient enough to cope with unexpected...

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Q&A on the '18-20 club' firefighter pension victory

Earlier this month, our union won a huge victory after the government admitted that many firefighters who joined the service between the ages of 18 - 20 were missing up to two years’ worth of pension contributions. Those firefighters are now set to receive compensation, in some cases amounting to...

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The new Fire Brigades Union website

The new website for the Fire Brigades Union has just been launched after a few months in development. The new site was built using open source technologies, software developed as a public collaboration and made freely available. It is built in the powerful Drupal Content Management System (CMS),...

Defend trade union rights

On 2 November I spoke at the TUC rally against the Trade Union Bill at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. Here is my speech. — TUC lobby 2 November, 2015 Today is the anniversary of the deaths of four firefighters at a fire in Warwickshire in 2007. Four workers; four members of our union. We...

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