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Fighting Fire By Sian Moore

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Published by New Internationalist on behalf of the Fire Brigades Union Fighting Fire celebrates the centenary of the FBU, focusing on the last three decades of the union's history.

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Fighting Fire: One hundred years of the fire brigades union by Sian Moore

It is based upon the testimonies of FBU representatives and members: control staff, officers and wholetime and retained firefighters from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Their accounts capture the lived experience of firefighters in a changing environment. A distinctive feature is the way that the dynamics of gender, race, sexuality and class are woven into the narrative. The book shows how 100 years since its formation in 1918, the FBU continues to be simultaneously part of the fabric of the fire and rescue service and a `politically committed union'.

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'The FBU is a beacon of hope in the labour movement during difficult times. This book shows why it is irreplaceable.'- John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor and MP for Hayes and Harlington. `A compelling account of the union's struggles against the pervasive agenda of neoliberalism, marketisation, cuts and austerity.'- Richard Hyman, Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics.

About Sian Moore

Sian Moore is Professor in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, and Director of the Work and Employment Research Unit, University of Greenwich. She is the author of two other books, on union activism, and employment relations. Tessa Wright is Reader in Human Resource Management at Queen Mary University. Her research has covered the experience of women, ethnic minorities, migrant workers and lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the labour market and workplace. Philip Taylor is Professor of Work and Employment Studies in the Department of Human Resource Management at Strathclyde Business School. He has co-authored or edited five books and has written numerous journal articles.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: the Fire Brigades Union and the political economy of fire. 2 An industrial union: organisation, activism and education. 3 Pandora's box: Ken Cameron, the pay formula and the end of industrial quiescence. 4 Pandora's box opened: the pay and modernisation dispute 2002-04. 5 Always in dispute: defending local services, national shift patterns and emergency control. 6 Work longer, pay more, get less: the battle over firefighter pensions. 7 Leading the way: equality and diversity in the fire and rescue service and the union. 8 Science, standards and self-organisation: FBU safety, health and environment work since 1945. 9 `Beyond the fire station doors': the labour movement and international solidarity.

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Fighting Fire: One hundred years of the fire brigades union by Sian Moore
Sian Moore
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