Grenfell campaigners unitedSJWThu, 21/06/2018 - 13:09

Campaigners marked the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire with public demonstrations and resolute promises to fight for justice.

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West Mids FBU strikeSJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 15:19

Firefighters in the West Midlands have voted by 90%, on a turn out of 82%, for strikes over the creation of a two-tier workforce.

Contracts introduced by the West Midlands Fire Authority mean new firefighters entering the service will have to take on work outside the currently agreed role of a firefighter. The new contracts would allow the employer to unilaterally change the work of firefighters at any time, breaching nationally negotiated agreements with the union, the FBU.

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No two-tier fire service
FBU protest
SJWTue, 01/05/2018 - 22:27

Firefighters and emergency control operators in the West Midlands will ballot for strikes over the imposition of new contracts.
West Midlands Fire Authority has introduced new contracts which mean new firefighters entering the service will have to take on work outside the currently agreed role of a firefighter, as well as giving employers the right to unilaterally change the work of firefighters at any time.

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Grenfell: Capitalism kills
MatthewWed, 21/06/2017 - 11:35

Around 1am on Wednesday 13 June a fire tore through 24-storey Grenfell Tower in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, killing a currently unknown number of people. Firefighters have told people the number will be in triple figures.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 21/09/2016 - 13:08

Hundreds of Derby teaching assistants and their supporters protested outside Parliament on Wednesday 14 September. The lobby of Parliament was part of a strike by teaching assistants in their fight to against the council changing their working week, resulting in a 25% loss of pay.

Strikes in August finally brought the council to the negotiating table, but their offers since have been so miserly that workers have rejected them by large majorities. The council has also attempted to make divisive offers that would benefit only a section of the workforce.

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Workers have nothing to gain from BrexitMatthewWed, 25/05/2016 - 13:00

This debate is between one set of people who want to exploit us in Europe, and one who want to exploit us out of Europe.

It is about two people battling for the leadership of the Tory Party. If there is a big vote to leave the most likely outcome is that Boris Johnson will replace Cameron as Prime Minister. There is absolutely nothing to gain for working people from a vote to leave.

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FBU conference votes to remain in EUMatthewWed, 18/05/2016 - 12:51

FBU conference in Blackpool last week witnessed sharp debate over the European Union, with delegates eventually voting for a remain vote after much wrangling.

FBU’s executive council proposed a statement to the conference calling for a vote to remain. This argued that the consequences of leaving would be detrimental to firefighters: the working time directive is built into firefighters’ national pay and conditions, while retained firefighters have won gains as part-time workers in the EU, such as pensions, sick leave, holiday pay and other leave.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 02/03/2016 - 13:35

National Union of Teachers members in sixth form colleges will be striking on Tuesday 15 March after a ballot over funding which returned 86% in favour of strikes on a 44% turnout. NUT deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said: “This strong ballot result shows the strength of feeling amongst sixth-form college teachers. Sixth-form colleges provide a vital service to over 150,000 young people, many of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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FBU to debate Labour reaffiliationMatthewWed, 04/11/2015 - 11:44

The Corbyn surge could receive an important boost in the next month with the announcement that the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will consider reaffiliation to the Labour Party.

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Unions should back Corbyn for Labour leaderMatthewWed, 15/07/2015 - 13:10

Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Labour leader is getting a strong response.

In addition to being the only campaign with national trade union support (Unite, BFAWU, ASLEF, TSSA, as well as RMT and FBU), Corbyn is now clear second in terms of nominations from Constituency Labour Parties, with 36 to Andy Burnham’s 47; Yvette Cooper is on 28 and Liz Kendall on only 5. CLP nominations have no direct impact, but they do indicate strength of support among Labour activists.

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