Fire Brigades Union

Firefighters Reject 2% Pay Offer Amid Fears Over Job Losses

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK

Firefighters have rejected a 2% pay offer as it included a “whole host of strings”, the Fire Brigades Union said as it warned a rise funded throug...

The Ability Of Firefighters To Tackle Tower Block Blazes Such As Grenfell Is A 'Postcode Lottery'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 15.07.2017 | UK

The capacity for firefighters to respond quickly and adequately to a tower block blaze is a “postcode lottery”, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has ...

Labour And Union Chiefs Say Theresa May 'Has Questions To Answer' Over Police Cuts

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics

Labour and union chiefs say Theresa May has questions to answer on emergency service cuts in the wake of terror attacks on Manchester and London. Shad...

Strikes In 2016 Are Nothing Like Industrial Action Of 1980s, Official Figures Show

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK

Thousands of Brits face a miserable run-up to Christmas thanks to a series of strikes in the post, airline and rail industries. Southern Rail staff, P...

The EU, Westminster and Austerity: The Main Enemy Is at Home

Matt Wrack | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

Austerity in the UK is made in Westminster, not in Brussels. Blaming the politicians or bureaucrats of the EU simply lets the Tories the hook. And it is the Tories (in both camps) who are leading the charge against British workers. On wages, austerity and workers rights - our main enemy is at home.

It Is Time to Engage With George Galloway's Policy Proposals

David Lindsay | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
David Lindsay

The bookmakers have George Galloway in third place for the position of Mayor of London, which is determined by the Supplementary Vote. Neither Sadiq Khan nor Zac Goldsmith stands any realistic chance of winning outright on first preferences. They, and all other Mayoral candidates who want to win, need to start engaging with Galloway's policy proposals.

Two Leading Left-Wing Union Bosses Are Back In Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics

Two of Britain’s leading left-wing trade union bosses have been allowed to rejoin the Labour party, HuffPost UK can reveal. Mark Serwotka, genera...

Trade Unions Should Wake Up and Realise the EU Is No Friend of Workers

Paul Embery | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

Many union leaders favour staying in. But the wider movement is far from united on the question. Two unions have already endorsed a 'leave' vote, and a sizeable number of rank-and-file trade unionists want out.

Fire and Rescue Policy Shifts to the Home Office - What Drives the Change?

Matt Wrack | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

The government plans for our fire and rescue service are unlikely to do anything to improve local accountability, professional standards or planning for future risks. Instead they are likely to be a means to force through further unwanted and ill-planned change.

Profit Before People: Over 200 Firefighters Condemn Government Cuts in Open Letter to Voters

Rob McDowall | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

Nearly 250 firefighters have signed an open letter to voters to highlight the significant challenges and pressure they have faced under the coalition government programme of relentless public sector cuts and how these cuts have put lives at risk.

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

Matt Wrack | Posted 26.04.2015 | 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...