Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters' Fury: If the Government Can Lie to Its Own Backbenchers, What Hope for the Rest of Us?

Matt Wrack | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

We have clearly won the argument in this dispute time and time again - including debates in the House of Commons. It is the utter refusal of Cameron's government to listen to the arguments or take account of the evidence which has made this such a long and bitter industrial dispute.

Why I'm Fighting for Pensions

Cameron Matthews | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Cameron Matthews

It appears that asking for a fair deal is too much to ask for from the current government. A government who intend to rip up our pension contracts and impose another significantly detrimental one which includes an unworkable pension age of 60.

Why Firefighters Are on Strike

Matt Wrack | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

We have been patient, we have always been willing to negotiate and we have always acted with complete integrity - as the public would expect from firefighters. This government may praise us when we respond to major fire and rescue incidents, such as the fires at Didcot power station and Eastbourne Pier, but their actions demonstrate utter contempt for firefighters and the work they do.

Public Sector Workers Are Under Attack From a Government Wrecking Services and Destroying the Lives and Futures of Millions

Matt Wrack | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

Firefighters will join up to two million public sector workers this Thursday as unions come together in co-ordinated industrial action to send a clear message to the government that we have had enough of austerity. Like all other public sector workers, firefighters are under attack from a government which is wrecking our public services and destroying the lives and futures of millions.

Firefighters Come to the Rescue During Floods

Matt Wrack | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Matt Wrack

Millions will have watched with sympathy and alarm as devastating floods hit large parts of the UK over the last few weeks. Our screens have been filled with footage of 'rescue workers' working tirelessly for days on end to keep communities safe and reduce damage to property. However, what's rarely acknowledged is that most of these rescue workers are actually firefighters.

Generous? Five Myths About Firefighter Pensions and the Government's Attacks

Matt Wrack | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

Over the past few months, the government has repeatedly claimed that their proposed pension scheme for firefighters will be "one of the most generous" in the public sector. However, firefighters argue that they will be priced out by a scheme that will be far more expensive, but worth much less... Here are five myths about firefighter pensions that can be easily busted.

Sounding The Alarm

PA | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK

Almost 70 fire stations in England are at risk of closure and scores more throughout the UK face severe downgrading if the Government presses ahead wi...

'They Slash You Burn'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

The Fire Brigades Union has launched a stark new campaign against cuts to the fire service, claiming the government's austerity measures could cost li...

Woman Charged With Four Counts Of Murder Over House Fire

PA | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK

A woman was today charged with four counts of murder after a house fire killed four members of the same family. Steve Allen's four-year-old son Bai...

This Is Our Emergency: Essex Firefighters To Stage 5 Strikes In Cuts Dispute

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK

Firefighters in Essex are to stage five strikes over the coming months in a dispute over cuts. The Fire Brigades Union said its members will take i...

Why the Public Sector are Right to Strike

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

The public sector, in my opinion is the most important of all the job areas in the UK, for they are the people employed to maintain some sense of order and safety amongst all us everyday loons who fart about on a daily basis landing ourselves in all sorts of mishaps.

MP Told To Retract 'Jerry Can' Stockpiling Advice

Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Politics

Francis Maude has been told withdraw advice that motorists stockpile petrol on "jerrycans" in preparation for a strike by fuel tanker drivers. The ...

Firefighters Threaten Stike Over Pensions

PA | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK

The government is facing the threat of renewed industrial action over its controversial pension reforms after unions representing hundreds of thousand...

FBU: 'Savage' Cuts Cost 1,000 Fire Service Jobs

Press Association | July 11, 2011 | Posted 10.09.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- More than 1,000 firefighters' jobs have been axed under the Government's "savage" spending cuts, with fresh losses in the pipelin...