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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.

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.

MPs vote to back Tories' attack on firefighters’ pensions

16 December 2014
MPs have now backed Tory plans to make firefighters work until they are 60 or face losing up to half of their pension.

Firefighters strike against bosses' attacks on union

09 December 2014
Firefighters walked out for 24 hours on Tuesday of this week over the Tories’ pension theft and attacks on their FBU union.

Firefighters call one-day walkout over attacks on pensions

02 December 2014
The firefighters’ FBU union has called a one-day walkout for workers in England on Tuesday of next week. 

Escalating strikes could still rescue the fight for firefighters' pensions

18 November 2014
Tory fire minister Penny Mordaunt sent out a letter last week attacking firefighters’ strikes and refusing to change her position over pensions.

Firefighters set for four-day walkout in pensions battle with the Tories

28 October 2014
Firefighters in England have announced a four-day strike in the battle against Tory pension theft. It was set to begin on Friday of this week with workers walking out of stations at 6pm.

The fire service is in crisis and only a fight will save it

16 September 2014
As the FBU firefighters’ union launches its new Sounding the Alarm report, Annette Mackin looks at how cuts and job losses are putting lives at risk.

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