Matt gave an inspiring talk at News From Nowhere Club on the fascinating history of the Fire Brigade and the development of the Fire Brigades Union. In his talk he moves on to discuss the current situation facing not only firefighters but workers across the public services. Matt also talked about some of the work the union does to support wider causes such as refugees and climate change. An inspiring speaker and leader. You can listen to Matt’s talk here.
Saturday 12th October 2019
Fighting the Cause of Firefighters Speaker: Matt Wrack, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union
Matt’s political life began in early adulthood, culminating in his 2005 election & two re-elections as head of the FBU. He was listed in ‘The 100 Most Influential People on the Left.’ As a firefighter in Silvertown and Hackney, he was a very active union member. Campaigns and strikes have centred around compensation for firefighters killed at work; climate change and flooding; austerity; the effects of ‘localism’ on the service; reinstatement of suspended colleagues; pay & pension disputes; the Grenfell disaster. He sits on the TUC Executive Committee & featured on a Radio 4 documentary after deciding to take a salary at the average amount of a firefighter. He lives in Leytonstone.