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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

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

A powerful meeting demands justice for Grenfell

A powerful meeting demands justice for Grenfell An important meeting injected urgency into the Justice4Grenfell campaign

Reports round-up: Walkout at a delivery office

Reports round-up: Walkout at a delivery office Also: lobby of Scottish parliament, nuclear strike and Universal Credit protest

More flammable cladding and fewer firefighters—Tory Britain after Grenfell

More flammable cladding and fewer firefighters—Tory Britain after Grenfell “It’s like cladding your home in solid petrol,” fire expert and surveyor Arnold Tarling told the BBC last week.

Reports round-up: Porters, cleaners and domestics protest at north London hospital

Reports round-up: Porters, cleaners and domestics protest at north London hospital Also: Mears workers prepare for more action | Grantham NHS protest | Bristol Deliveroo strike | Gatwick baggage handlers to strike | Bloomberg security guards protest | Bield care homes collapse | Filia feminism conference | Sellafield firefighters strike

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

14 September 2017
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

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

30 March 2016
Five million public sector workers and 1.5 million in the private sector face a cut in their take-home pay from next week.

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

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

Protest says no to West Midlands fire cuts

24 November 2015
Over 120 firefighters staged a noisy and determined protest outside a West Midlands Fire Authority meeting on Monday of this week.

Firefighters are better off outside Labour - and fighting for themselves

24 November 2015
The firefighters’ FBU union was set to meet on Friday of this week for a recall conference in Blackpool. Delegates were set to vote on whether or not to

Essex firefighters and control staff hit back at bosses' attacks with strikes

25 August 2015
Firefighters and control room staff in Essex struck together as part of a rolling programme of strikes on Monday of this week.

Firefighters strike to stop cuts dismantling Essex fire service

04 August 2015
Essex firefighters are planning to strike on Thursday of this week in defiance at cuts to jobs which will decimate the county’s fire and rescue services.

News round-up

16 June 2015
Police and child abuse; Belfast equal marriage march; over 3 million are underemployed

London firefighters furious as mayor and commissioner make off with fire engines

16 June 2015
Firefighters are furious after being double-crossed by Tory mayor of London Boris Johnson and fire commissioner Ron Dobson over the return of 13 fire appliances.

FBU union conference discusses how to fight back

19 May 2015
Delegates to the firefighters’ FBU union conference in Blackpool last week debated the way forward for the union. 

Don’t wait for Labour to reverse Tory pension attacks

05 May 2015
The FBU union’s bi-annual conference takes place in Blackpool from Tuesday to Friday of next week. It comes as firefighters’ pensions, jobs and the fire service are under sustained attack.

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