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Fire safety professional speaks out - Greed failed people at Grenfell, not firefighters

Fire safety professional speaks out - Greed failed people at Grenfell, not firefighters A fire safety professional spoke to Socialist Worker about how the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower put people at risk—and the experiences of firefighters who fought the blaze

West Midlands fire fight

West Midlands fire fight Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted for action over contracts

Will new contracts make firefighters clear the bins?

Will new contracts make firefighters clear the bins? The fire service—overseen by Labour councillors—has introduced contracts that could make new firefighters take on extra duties

Updated: marchers demand justice for Grenfell as Tories refuse to fund sprinklers

Updated: marchers demand justice for Grenfell as Tories refuse to fund sprinklers Up to 1,500 people marched through North Kensington in west London on Saturday night to demand justice for the people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire.

Anger over pay grows as firefighters reject bosses' 2 percent offer

Anger over pay grows as firefighters reject bosses 2 percent offer Firefighters in the FBU union rejected a pay offer yesterday, Wednesday, amid anger at being asked to perform extra duties for little extra money.

Tories must answer for deaths in Grenfell fire

20 June 2017
Years of cuts to council budgets, the fire brigade, and the deliberate running-down of council estates are the context of this tragedy

Boris’s cuts put us all at risk, exhausted firefighters warn

20 June 2017
Tory minister and former London mayor cut millions from capital’s fire budget, while telling those who questioned his plans to ‘get stuffed’. Now austerity’s effects are there for all to see.

Reports round-up: Protests against NHS cuts and privatisation

04 October 2016
Also: Manchester fire chiefs back down on mass sacking | Stop presses for Newsquest jobs | Ritzy’s revenge opens on Friday | Glasgow council divides unions | Airport protesters take on Heathrow | Pay action on Ipswich buses

Manchester firefighters face job cuts if they don't fight

20 September 2016
Every firefighter in Greater Manchester could face the sack if they refuse to sign up to a new contract.

Reports round-up

26 April 2016
Essex firefighters protest over cuts | Strike as mustard action hots up | Scaffolders build a wage parity fight | Drivers could stop sites | Buyout could save Butterfields homes

Industrial round-up

01 March 2016
Mushin Ahmed’s killers found guilty | Stormy weather ahead for Met Office bosses | Firefighters turn the heat up on bosses | Co-op truck drivers balloted for strikes | GMB union sounds the alarm in Sussex | Reinstate RMT union rep Glen Hart

Let’s get to work in Labour, says FBU leader Matt Wrack

01 March 2016
Firefighters’ union leader Matt Wrack told Nick Clark the left needs to build fighting organisation in the workplace—and get stuck into the struggle to reshape the Labour Party

FBU union leader Matt Wrack slams his critics in Labour

26 February 2016
FBU firefighter’s union general secretary Matt Wrack said he won’t be rattled by “people within the Labour party machine who clearly don’t want to see change”. In an exclusive interview with Socialist Worker Wrack responded to claims this week that his attempt to rejoin the Labour Party was questioned by his local party.

Reports round-up

23 February 2016
Protest against Gatwick oil drilling | Storms brewing over Met Office pay row | Network Rail stations for sale | Radical Independence Campaign conference | Shepton Mallet cider workers lobby MPs | Action for Children charity workers back pay strike | Defend Rotherham anti-Nazis | Bedroom tax worse than predicted | Firefighters' dispute hots up in South Yorkshire | West Midlands FBU launch industrial action | United Utilities workers strike

Reports round-up

19 January 2016
Pickets turn away cars at EDF | Examine any offer carefully at DVSA | FBU ballot over South Yorkshire cuts | Students oppose axing of grants

After floods firefighters slam cuts—sack Tories not us

05 January 2016
I was responding to the floods in Greater Manchester on Boxing Day, pumping out water and

Reports round-up

05 January 2016
Cass Arts occupation ends over London Met campus cuts | Strike at Thirteen housing association group in Teesside | NSL Brighton traffic wardens vote for pay deal | South Yorkshire fire bosses face action over job cuts | Ballot end could bring library strike in Lambeth | Interpreters beat pay cut at Home Office | Strike votes at Trinity Mirror local newspapers | New ballot for Sheffield Green Company recycling workers | No to the Nazis in Dover

There will be more deaths if Tories keep cutting the fire service

15 December 2015
Firefighters and their FBU union are sounding the alarm about the impact of successive cuts to fire stations, engines and jobs. Cuts are already increasing the dangers, writes Nick Clark

Furious flooded residents demand more than the ‘usual promises’ from Cameron

08 December 2015
Residents of Cumbria were furious with David Cameron as he came for a photo-op on Monday of this week.

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