Following a historic motion backing non-compliance with anti-strikes law being passed at Trade Union Congress, the general secretaries of the RMT and FBU sit down with Tribune to discuss why a mass campaign of defiance matters for the future of the trade union movement.
The government’s anti-strike laws are a brazen attack on working people. Our movement has defied and defeated anti-union laws in the past – and it’s time to do it again, writes FBU general secretary Matt Wrack.
They were hospitalised fighting wildfires in summer. They drove ambulances and moved the bodies of the deceased during Covid. Now they’re being offered yet another real-terms pay cut. That’s why the FBU is balloting on strike action.
Tribune sits down with the Fire Brigades Union’s Matt Wrack to discuss the Tory assault on public services, the prospect of a firefighters’ strike – and how we rebuild a fighting trade union movement for the 21st century.
Amid spiralling inflation, firefighters and fire control staff received a measly pay offer of 2%. Their union is encouraging them to reject it – and is ready to fight back.
Firefighters around the world are risking their lives on the frontline of the climate crisis – and their experience proves that only collective action can save us.
This week, fire service employers withdrew from a safety agreement that protected firefighters during the Covid-19 pandemic – it is just the latest example of unscrupulous bosses using a crisis to attack workers’ rights.
From deregulation and corporate profiteering to fire safety cuts, the Grenfell fire three years ago today revealed the contempt modern capitalism has for ordinary people’s lives.
On Firefighters’ Memorial Day, we should remember the bravery of firefighters who have died on the job – and commit ourselves to fight for the safety of every worker, argues FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack.
There’s only one candidate in the Labour leadership race committed to undoing Thatcher’s anti-union laws and rebuilding the labour movement – that’s Rebecca Long-Bailey.