The FBU has a proud tradition as a campaigning union, both inside and outside the workplace.
The fight against regional controls and the defence of your pensions are two recent examples of major national campaigns in which the union has played a leading role.
The FBU is also frequently involved in smaller scale campaigns to improve local services, avert cuts or closures and build on firefighter and community safety.
Effective campaigns generally go beyond the workplace and involve the wider community and the lobbying of politicians in the Fire Authority and the Westminster.
The FBU as the only independent professional voice within the Fire and Rescue Service unites firefighters into a united workplace which gives us a stronger voice than one individual alone. Unity is Strength!
Campaigning is an important way of gaining improvements in employment matters.
Campaigns can also win improvements for our communities. This is particularly important for FBU members as we and our families and friends also live in the community.
Cuts in services do not just mean cuts in jobs and conditions for FBU members, they also mean cuts in living standards for our families.
Campaigning helps advance our members’ interests. It also helps build our organisation – by recruiting new members, developing our activists, raising our profile and building alliances with other organisations.
Most campaigns that the FBU get involved in will have been initiated by at national, regional or branch level.
The FBU encourages its Officials, Representatives and Members to get involved in our campaigns.
Usually the information issued to branches and in other communications such as firefighter magazine will give you enough guidance on what you can do to help.
All campaigns are different, so there is no blue print for what’s involved.
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