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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Work outside firefighter rolemaps

Year: 2018

Conference is concerned that the “duty to collaborate” between emergency services and Police and Crime Commissioners taking over governance of Fire and Rescue Services, will put increasing...

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...

Police vetting

Year: 2017

Conference instructs that the FBU must protect the terms and conditions of its Members by opposing any form of Police vetting. Vetting is a tool used by the Police to check the integrity of its...

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...

Safety in numbers

Year: 2017

Conference agrees that it is a key principle of our Union to defend health and safety standards within the Fire and Rescue Service. Increasingly the safety of our Members and that of our...