Matt Wrack re-elected as FBU general secretary

Matt Wrack FBU and Jeremy Corbyn, Durham Miners Gala, Durham 2017 Matt Wrack and Jeremy Corbyn at Durham 2017 © Mark Pinder/reportdigital.co.uk.

Matt Wrack has been re-elected as general secretary of the FBU.

It is his fourth term of office, having first been elected in 2005, and again in 2010. He was returned to office, unopposed, in 2014.

He beat challenger national officer Sean Starbuck by 4,866 votes to 2,394.

Matt Wrack said: “I want to thank FBU members for trusting me to continue as general secretary of our great union. It is a huge privilege and honour to serve firefighters for a fourth term.

“The last fifteen years have been tumultuous and we have greater challenges still ahead. We face a far-right anti-union Tory majority government. They pose an existential threat to our union and our service – and we will fight them at every turn.

“Up and down the country, firefighters have made their views clear – that enough is enough. Years of pay restraint have left them struggling to make ends meet, and all while doing more work for free.

“I’m ready for the fight ahead and emboldened by the strong mandate to take forward our union’s policies. The FBU will keep fighting for firefighters and the public they serve. We will not be silenced.”

Sean Starbuck Tweeted: “Well that is over and yes I am disappointed. The biggest disappointment is that 77% of our members chose not to vote. We have a huge task re engaging with members lets learn from this eh. And btw keep filling in the FBU UCLan survey that will make a difference”

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