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Police takeover of fire service will damage public safety

Firefighter clearing out after night time house fire
Fire budgets could be cut in favour of policing, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has warned after fire authorities lost a bid to block a takeover from West Mercia's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Firefighters’ vital community engagement work could also be threatened, as their independence from...

Union slams Heathrow strike-breaking scheme

Striking Heathrow firefighters are being undercut by a privatised strike-breaking outfit from Surrey County Council, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has learned. The FBU has slammed the “backhanded” method of strike-breaking, warning that replacement crews will not be sufficiently trained for airport...

Northern Ireland fire cuts “a template for disaster”

Firefighter clearing out after night time house fire
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has slammed “outrageous” cuts to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), after management proposed reducing fire cover in some areas, while cutting emergency resources in Belfast. The cuts are intended to make up a £3.26M shortfall in NIFRS’s revenue...

Employers offer 2% pay rise for UK firefighters

ALP tackling fire
The FBU and fire service employers have agreed to pause discussions surrounding the broadening of firefighters’ roles, with employers offering a 2% pay rise for 2019/20. FBU members will be consulted on the pay offer through union structures, with the Executive Council recommending that members...

Firefighters in Scotland force new pay offer

Firefighters in Scotland have forced their employer back to the drawing board, after raising serious concerns about their latest pay, terms and conditions offer. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will now consider improving its offer, after facing serious criticism from members of the...

Manchester firefighters lobby MPs at Westminster

Manchester firefighters and FBU members lobby HoC 2 July 2019
Over thirty Manchester firefighters took their fight to Parliament today to lobby MPs against Mayor Andy Burnham’s proposed cuts to Greater Manchester fire and rescue service. The lobby comes amidst news that the Mayor’s office is considering deferring one small part of the cuts until the next...

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