100 years of the Fire Brigades Union

Year: 2018

Nominating section: Gloucestershire

Policy text:

Conference notes with pride that the 1st October 2018 represents the formal centenary of the Fire Brigades Union. Conference applauds every Member of the Fire Brigades Union in our 100 year history who has stood by the aims and values of our Union and, in so doing, built a safer, fairer and more professional Fire and Rescue Service.

Conference recognises the debt we owe to previous generations of FBU Members who fought and sacrificed in order to defeat exploitation and unfair working practices in our industry. Conference takes pride in the legacy left to us by these previous generations and recognises that, through their struggle, current generations of firefighters have a profession which is highly valued by society and protected through national collective bargaining on conditions of service and pay.

Conference recognises our duty, as the current generation of FBU Members, to defend what our predecessors fought so hard to pass to us and reaffirms our commitment to do so. In this, the centenary year of the Fire Brigades Union, Conference calls on all Members to recognise and celebrate the legacy left to us through a continued commitment to build our Union as a stand-alone Fire and Rescue Service Trade Union, to never sell out conditions which have been passed on to us by previous generations and to continue the proud tradition of acting as custodians of our service by passing on safe, fair and professional working practices to the next generation of FBU Members.

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