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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

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

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.

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.

Essex emergency fire control strikers lobby MPs

24 March 2015
Emergency control staff from Essex lobbied MPs at parliament over attacks on their working conditions on Wednesday of last week.

Essex fire strikers take control to defend their conditions

13 March 2015
Striking emergency 999 control operators in Essex were defiant on their picket line today, Friday, after they escalated their walkout to nine days.

999 control operators escalate strikes in Essex

10 March 2015
Emergency 999 control operators in Essex have stepped up their fight with Fire and Rescue bosses by beginning an eight-day walkout on Tuesday of this week.

Essex fire strikers defiant as bosses lock out workers

03 March 2015
Firefighters and 999 control operators in Essex struck on Sunday and Monday of this week over attacks on their jobs and the service.

Get the strikes back on to defend firefighters' pensions

03 February 2015
The FBU union’s recall conference next Tuesday comes at a critical point in the firefighters’ pension dispute.

Essex fire bosses’ lockout fails to dampen strike against job cuts

20 January 2015
Also: FBU recall conference to debate pensions dispute

Essex firefighters fight back against cuts and attacks on service

13 January 2015
Firefighters and control staff in Essex were set to begin a series of walkouts on Wednesday of this week over job cuts and conditions.

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