The Retained Firefighters Union (RFU) is an independent trade union in accordance with the Trade Union & Labour Relations Act 1992. We have no political affiliation and therefore all monies from union subscriptions are ploughed back into maintaining a first class value for money service.
While we reserve the right to undertake industrial action as an action of last resort, we refuse to use strike action as a means of progressing our arguments. Our members have never challenged the RFU Executive to change this stance. Our members provide an emergency service in the same community in which they live and/or work which renders it impossible to take strike action against the very people who hold them in such high regard and are also their own friends, family and neighbours.
We are an organisation which fully understands the strengths of the RDS. Our commitment to the welfare of those employed on this duty system is our top priority and we need to be vigilant to keep RDS issues to the forefront of the national and local agenda as well as being fully supportive of our members when things go wrong.
We believe we are the best option, whether it is through ongoing lobbying on members collective behalf, representing you in disciplinary or grievance processes, or deploying our Legal Team to protect you if you are injured on duty.
Details of the Executive Officers are available here.
Each FRS will have its own RFU committee, for further details contact RFU HQ.