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20 June 2017

Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

As more details emerge and the death toll rises, it becomes clearer and clearer what a terrible disaster this is. It is a huge tragedy for the immediate community. But that community has come together in a remarkable display of human solidarity

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14 June 2017

Massive failings led to Grenfell Tower fire - Rapid, fully funded action now

The Grenfell Tower fire spread with horrific speed. Witnesses described heart-rending scenes as residents attempted to escape. Note: this article was updated and expanded on 19/6/17.

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Staines SOSIS meeting, 13.12.16

20 December 2016

Fire service cuts: "a betrayal of the people of Spelthorne"

Such was the feeling of the 40+ people gathered in the Staines Hub

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6 January 2016

Tories savage fire service

"The idea that you go from a fire engine with five firefighters on to a van with just two is just madness."

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2 December 2015

FBU fights the cuts in Yorkshire

Selby Socialist Party is supporting the Fire Brigades Union in their campaign against fire service cuts in North Yorkshire, collecting 248 names to add to the FBU petition online that has gathered over 2,600 signatures.

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25 November 2015

Fire cuts cost lives

Leicester is facing some of the most severe cuts to the fire service in the country.

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25 November 2015

Firefighters rally to defend pay and conditions

Firefighters demonstrated outside a Fire Service Authority meeting

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17 November 2015

Fire cuts cost lives

Leicester is facing some of the most severe fire service cuts in the country

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4 November 2015

Fire service cuts put people at risk

At a recent Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service review consultation meeting firefighters and ex-firefighters in attendance were initially prevented from speaking.

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Bob Crow at TUSC event

14 October 2015

Should trade unions be re-affiliating to the Labour Party?

In light of Jeremy Corbyn's victory, is the issue of non-affiliated unions affiliating to Labour now on the agenda?

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30 September 2015

Anger and protest against fire service cuts in Leicestershire

A protest was organised by Leicestershire FBU at the county fire authority HQ in opposition to devastating cuts.

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26 June 2015

"No fat to cut" in N. Yorkshire fire service

Over 50 firefighters and supporters demonstrated in Easingwold, North Yorkshire on Wednesday 24th June against cuts of 1.3 million to the North Yorks Fire and Rescue Service

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17 June 2015

Fire service cuts a double-edged sword

Firefighters and 999 controllers in Essex struck overnight on 13 and 14 June. The action was the latest in a long-running dispute over staffing cuts and shift changes.

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13 May 2015

FBU conference looks to continue fightback

The Fire Brigades Union 2015 conference is being held just days after the general election. Another 20% of cuts by the Tory government would reduce the fire service to the bone

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26 November 2014

Firefighters block fire minister's path

Over 200 firefighters and supporters blockaded the entrance to West Norwood fire-station to prevent the entry of fire service minister Penny Mordaunt

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20 August 2014

North West Fire Service call centre cuts catastrophe

The disastrous consequences of just one element of cuts and privatisation in the fire service recently hit the news, when a fire crew from Carlisle in Cumbria were instructed to attend an incident near Bolton in Lancashire - a 200 mile round trip

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20 December 2013

Firefighters' strikes on Xmas eve and after

Firefighters in England and Wales will be on strike again over pensions on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and 3rd January

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16 December 2013

Angry pickets in Leeds

Firefighters held a further two stoppages of four hours each time on Friday and Saturday as part of their ongoing dispute over changes to pensions

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Surrey FBU area reps prepare for the 'save our fire service' march on 7 December, photo Paul Couchman

4 December 2013

Save our fire service!

Hundreds are planning to march behind the Save Our Services banner on a demonstration on 7 December to save fire stations in Surrey

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9 October 2013

Firefighters rally against cuts

Firefighters will assemble in London on 16 October to demonstrate against changes to pensions and cuts to the fire service, writes Neil Cafferky.

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