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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...

Firefighters’ union wins landmark pensions case

Photo credit: Stefano Cagnoni
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has secured a major victory in its long-running dispute with the Government over changes made to firefighters’ pensions in 2015. The Supreme Court has refused the government’s application for permission to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling which it lost in December....

Rescue Suffolk fire service, firefighters demand

Suffolk firefighters today launch a campaign to save their fire and rescue service from risking public safety, after funding cuts have left Suffolk’s fire cover worse than in neighbouring counties. The #RescueSuffolkFire campaign calls for an end to the erosion of fire cover and emergency response...

Photo competition 2019

Photo of a BA trainer looking worn out
We’re looking for a powerful, intriguing or educational photograph to be hung at the union’s head office demonstrating what working in the modern fire and rescue service is all about. Our sponsors College Hill have kindly offered a first prize of £500 for the winner and two runners up...

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