Policies agreed at the annual conference of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), dating back to 1975, can be found on this page.


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Shift systems

Year: 2018

Conference opposes the opportunistic methods employed by Brigades to impose an agenda of cuts to operational staff in the name of modernisation. Conference instructs Officials that when a Fire and...

Trade Union Act

Year: 2017 (Executive council policy statement)

On 4 May 2016 the Trade Union Act received royal assent. The FBU strongly opposes the Act, which adds to some of the most restrictive anti-union laws in Europe. The union made detailed submissions...

Apprenticeships in the fire and rescue service

Year: 2017 (Executive council policy statement )


In 2015 the UK government launched a consultation for an all-UK apprenticeship programme. All employers with a pay bill which exceeds £3 million will need to invest...

Police and Crime Commissioners

Year: 2017 ((Executive council policy statement))

On 31 January 2017, the Policing and Crime Act received royal assent and became law in England. FBU policy, as set down at the 2015 conference and in subsequent Executive Council papers, including...

Firefighters pay

Year: 2017 ((Executive council policy statement))

Firefighters’ pay is a fundamental issue for FBU members and of the utmost importance to the union. UK-wide national pay and conditions with collective bargaining through the National Joint...

Cancer and sick pay

Year: 2017

 This Conference notes with concern, the increase in Members who have been diagnosed with various forms of cancer. This Conference instructs the Executive Council to negotiate through the NJC...

Non-grey book local conditions of service

Year: 2017

Conference recognises the worrying trend of Brigades employing then moving existing members of staff, onto non-Grey Book terms and conditions of service. This is happening under the guise of...

Control staff retirement age

Year: 2017

As members of the Local Government Pension Scheme, control staff are currently required to work until they reach state pension age, which from December 2018 will start to increase for both men and...

Additional salary pensionability

Year: 2017

In light of the Norman v Cheshire judgement, Conference calls for the Executive Council to undertake a review of all additional salary paid for any shifts in relation to their pensionability. The...