THE firefighters' FBU union leaders have been campaigning for unity in the fight to win a £30,000 wage. But right in the middle of the campaign they have suspended two union officials. Joe McVeigh and Neale Williams have been suspended following allegations of electoral irregularity in the Bowgate branch of the FBU. The accusations concern the ongoing election for the London delegate to the national council.
Mick Shaw is facing strong opposition from Socialist Alliance supporter Matt Wrack. The suspensions are an attack on union democracy, and on the challenge of the new left wing.
Neale and Joe deny all wrongdoing. The Bowgate branch has given them full backing and so has the regional executive committee. Around 50 activists from the Eastern Region have threatened to resign their positions if Neale and Joe are not reinstated. There have been dozens of protest calls, and an emergency London Regional Committee will be discussing the growing campaign for reinstatement, and the pay claim.
London Region, along with FBU members across the country, are organising to fight for more pay.
To register your complaint phone the national union on 020 8541 1765.
FIREFIGHTERS IN Strathclyde are stepping up their campaign for decent pay. Some 200 firefighters lobbied the Strathclyde Fire Board on Thursday of last week in support of their £30,000 pay claim.
Jock Munroe, the firefighters' FBU union's Scottish campaign coordinator, said, 'Firefighters and emergency fire control staff pay is at such a level that many qualify to claim Working Family Tax Credit.'