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FBU union conference discusses how to fight back

Issue No. 2454

Delegates show support for PCS rep Candy Udwin

Delegates show support for PCS rep Candy Udwin

Delegates to the firefighters’ FBU union conference in Blackpool last week debated the way forward for the union. 

Workers have already struck more than 50 times against attacks on their pensions, but the action was often marked by excessive caution from the leadership. 

Delegates voted to continue the pensions campaign—but serious criticisms were directed at the union’s strategy. 

An emergency resolution put by the executive council said, “The Executive Council will assess the new situation and consult with members in every brigade. 

“The Executive Council will continue with a strategy that integrates our political, legal and industrial action.” 

The London region backed a consultation of members, but rejected it becoming a process to shift the decision to end the dispute onto the membership. 

Yusuf Timms, FBU London south west area borough secretary, said, “We have serious reservations about what this open ended resolution really does. 

“We accept that things have changed—the pension scheme is now a reality. We do support a consultation of the membership to discuss where we are, how we got here and what we should do next. But we do not support any sort of process that attempts to try and shift the blame of the outcome of this dispute from the leadership onto our members.” 

On Tuesday of last week a fringe meeting debated the fightback within the union. 

A further meeting was agreed to take place on 22 June in Birmingham.

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