Fire Brigades Union members confirm retention of political fund in decisive vote


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FBU members vote to retain political fund for another decade

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have cast a decisive vote to maintain their political fund for the next ten years.

The ballot, which concluded on May 1, 2024, saw a significant majority of 91% voting in favour of retaining the fund.

This decision comes under the stipulations set by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, which mandates that trade unions must secure approval via a ballot every ten years to fund political objectives.

Comments from FBU general secretary

Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the FBU, provided insights into the motivations behind the vote.

He highlighted the challenging environment faced by the fire and rescue services over the past decade, marked by substantial political and financial constraints.

“The fire and rescue service has faced a decade of brutal political attacks.

“Politicians at local and national level have presided over dangerous cuts, taking aim at firefighters’ jobs, pay, and conditions,” Wrack said.

He further explained the critical timing of the vote, noting its proximity to the upcoming general election and the union’s plan to advocate vigorously for necessary investments in fire and rescue services.

Implications of the vote

The outcome of this ballot has substantial implications for the FBU as it prepares for future political engagement, especially with a general election on the horizon.

The retained political fund will empower the union to continue its advocacy and influence on behalf of its members.

It reaffirms the union’s capability to support initiatives and policies that aim to improve the working conditions, safety, and compensation of firefighters across the United Kingdom.

About the political fund and its significance

The political fund of the Fire Brigades Union plays a crucial role in enabling the union to participate in political activities and lobbying efforts.

These activities are essential for shaping policies that directly affect the welfare and operational conditions of firefighters.

By voting to retain the fund, FBU members have ensured that their collective voice will remain influential in political discussions that affect their profession and safety.

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