The Fire Brigades Union held its conference in Blackpool last week at a time of unprecedented attacks on firefighters and the fire and rescue service.
On Monday 22 April, 80 local residents and trade unionists attended a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) meeting to protest against the closure of Downham fire station in Lewisham, south east London.
The campaign against fire station closures in London took a further step forward this week after the fire authority again voted against proposed cuts, in defiance of Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans.
Around 500 firefighters and supporters lobbied the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority on 21 January in protest at plans to close 12 fire stations and cut 520 firefighter jobs.
Civil servants held protest meetings and rallies around the country on Friday 30 November as part of a Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) campaign against government attacks on terms and conditions.
Hundreds of firefighters lobbied Parliament on 7 November to protest against huge cuts threatened to fire services across the UK.
TUC Congress passed a resolution calling for the public ownership of the banking system — the first sign of politics at the otherwise consensual gathering.
Firefighters in Essex struck again on Thursday 26 July as part of their fight against cuts.
More 500 members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) on Virgin Trains’ West Coast line are balloting for strikes to win the reinstatement of sacked colleague Martin Hodges.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) met in Blackpool last week for what (with one exception) was a fairly quiescent special conference, with the union’s Executive Council carrying all the motions it proposed.