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14 February 2018

Staines fire services saved

After a prolonged battle with Surrey council, the campaign to protect fire services in Staines has forced an important retreat

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3 January 2018

Fire service victory

At the North Yorkshire Fire Authority meeting on 13 December, the decision was taken unanimously to reverse the decision made three years ago to reduce crewing of 'tactical response vehicles' (TRVs) to just three firefighters.

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4 October 2017

Solidarity with Catalonia - the people have the right to decide

Shocking scenes of brutal police repression in Catalonia reverberated around the world on 1 October

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5 July 2017

South London tower block residents plan safety campaign

Tower block residents from the Ashmole estate in south London joined Lambeth Socialist Party members to discuss building a safety campaign on 29 June

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5 July 2017

Surrey FBU pass no confidence motion

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in Surrey has passed a motion of no confidence in the local fire authority, saying planned budget cuts will see firefighter numbers plummet.

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21 June 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Former Kensington estate resident comments on Grenfell; cuts cause more fire deaths in Portugal; Corbyn hope leads to youthquake; The Handmaid's Tale.

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21 June 2017

Unions call for action after Grenfell

Trade unions representing housing workers, firefighters and teachers draw on their expertise to demand immediate action after Grenfell

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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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8 March 2017

Sheffielders call for a no-cuts 'people's budget'

Around 40 local trade unionists and community campaigners discussed proposals for a no-cuts 'people's budget' ahead of Sheffield council's budget-setting meeting.

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8 February 2017

Campaign forces Surrey council to back down on fire station closure

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.

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25 January 2017

Surrey: Save our fire station

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.

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26 October 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.

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28 September 2016

Victory for firefighters facing dismissal in Manchester

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.

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21 September 2016

All Greater Manchester firefighters face sack

The employment practises of Mike Ashley's Sports Direct are being brought to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

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6 July 2016

Manchester firefighters fight cuts

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.

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4 May 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors on junior doctors, the EU referendum, Paul Mason and protesters' rights.

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27 April 2016

Why I'm standing: TUSC can make a real difference

I decided to stand as one of four TUSC candidates in this year's City of Lincoln council elections for a number of reasons. I had the fantastic experience of campaigning in Dublin alongside the Anti-Austerity Alliance during the Irish general election at the end of February.

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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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9 December 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Academies strike, call centre strike ballot, firefighters' cuts protest.

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