Contribution increase 2019

Circular: 2019HOC0555MW

Dear Brother / Sister,


Thank you for your continued support of the Fire Brigades Union.  Your membership is vital as we continue to support and work on behalf of all FBU members. 

In just a single 12 month period, your membership helped us to win £2.42 million in damages for injured members and their families. In the same period, we successfully concluded 146 cases for injured members and supported an average of one FBU member a week in Employment Tribunal claims against unfair treatment at work.

On an individual level, we continued to deliver UK wide training to provide you with qualified FBU representatives to represent you through a wide variety of local workplace situations. Our national work on firefighter safety also continued apace with ground-breaking work on the impacts of exposure to fireground contaminants and protection against occupational cancers.  

We have represented and defended hundreds of firefighters and firefighter control members involved in the Grenfell Tower fire and will continue to fight for meaningful change in our role as ‘core participant’ in Phase 2 of the Inquiry. We continue to be the only voice at the National Joint Council fighting to protect conditions of service for all members in the Fire & Rescue Service and demanding fair pay for firefighters and control.

And let’s not forget that your union was the only body in the Fire Service to take up the fight for pension justice, winning a huge victory against the government in the Courts. 

As of the 1 December 2019, your Direct Debit will be increased by 2% in line with the pay award and your payment will be adjusted accordingly. Although the pay award took effect in July, we have delayed the increase in membership subscriptions in order to assist members in the subsequent period.

Thank you for your membership of the Fire Brigades Union. Your loyalty and unity mean that the union can effectively support and protect members across the wide spectrum of issues that we face in today’s Fire & Rescue Service. 

Please keep your membership details up to date by logging on to This will help us to improve our communication with you.

You will also find details of member’s benefits on the membership page of our web site.

If you have any questions, please contact your brigade or regional officials whose contact details can also be found on the union web site.


Best wishes.

Yours fraternally



General Secretary


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