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19 April 2017
Surrey is one of the wealthiest counties. Yet apparently we cannot afford street lighting, adequate flood defences, school places, good roads, public transport, or safe levels of fire services
12 April 2017
What kind of people would build a hospital children's ward with a firewall which stopped just above a false ceiling, allowing smoke and flames to spread? And keep these and other dangers hidden from the staff, patients and even management of the hospital?
24 February 2017
Fire Brigade Union reps, other trade unionists and anti-cuts activists lobbied councillors
22 February 2017
The title 'Cooked' doesn't exactly sound like essential political viewing. But in this adaptation of Michael Pollan's 2013 bestselling book of the same title, the author examines the contribution of cooking to human development and progress.
8 February 2017
After weeks of protesting, a massive demo outside the fire station, petitions and lobbies, Surrey council was forced to organise a public meeting to explain why it needed to axe Staines Fire Station.
25 January 2017
Firefighters pointed out that the Staines fire engine is the busiest engine in the county. And that the local borough of Spelthorne has the busiest airport in Europe; the highest concentration of tower blocks; the worst record of fire deaths in Surrey, and many more high risk factors.
20 December 2016
Such was the feeling of the 40+ people gathered in the Staines Hub
7 December 2016
Workers took 73% less unfair dismissal cases to employment tribunal last year than before the government introduced fees.
28 September 2016
Over 50 Fire Brigades Union (FBU) reps from around Greater Manchester met, along with FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack and President Alan McLean, to discuss their response to the outrageous move by Greater Manchester Fire Authority to sack its entire workforce. Now the fire authority has backed down and withdrawn the threat of mass dismissal and agreed to re-enter negotiations.
21 September 2016
The employment practises of Mike Ashley's Sports Direct are being brought to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
6 July 2016
Greater Manchester Fire Authority is planning to cut 280 firefighter jobs and 26 fire engines. Fire Brigades Union (FBU) members have been protesting these plans, including a huge lobby of the fire authority meeting which approved the cuts. To make up for the loss in staff, the firefighters that remain will be forced to work longer hours.
25 May 2016
Capitalism equals environmental destruction: On the evening of 3 May the entire 94,000 population of Fort McMurray was ordered to leave as an out-of-control wildfire swept towards it.
6 January 2016
"The idea that you go from a fire engine with five firefighters on to a van with just two is just madness."
9 December 2015
It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.
9 December 2015
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Academies strike, call centre strike ballot, firefighters' cuts protest.
2 December 2015
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.
25 November 2015
Leicester is facing some of the most severe cuts to the fire service in the country.
25 November 2015
Firefighters demonstrated outside a Fire Service Authority meeting
17 November 2015
Leicester is facing some of the most severe fire service cuts in the country
4 November 2015
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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