Trade Unionist 'kicked off National Executive for speaking at pro-Brexit rally'

Pro-Brexit Trade Union official Paul Embery has today said that he has been kicked off the National Executive of the Fire Brigades Union for speaking at the cross-party Leave Means Leave rally in Westminster back in March.

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In a statement today, Embery has said: “I am disappointed to report that I have been kicked off the National Executive of the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) and banned from office for two years as a consequence of my speech at the cross-party ‘Leave Means Leave’ rally outside Parliament in March.

“I spoke in my own time (on a Friday evening) and not on behalf of the FBU. Despite this, it was decided that I had acted in a way prejudicial to the interests of the union.

“I believe the decision to be an obvious political one. The case against me was easily shredded at my internal hearing.

“It is disappointing that the complaint against me originated from a General Secretary who has always argued that we should never seek to resolve genuine political disagreements by throwing the rule book at people.

“I have served proudly as an FBU official for 20 years and will continue to assist the fight to improve pay and conditions of firefighters in any way I can.”

Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox made clear her disgust with the action taken against Embery: “This is the most intolerable and intolerant decision I have ever come across.

“Genuinely shocked and upset that labour mvt seems reduced to a conformist echo-chamber. Paul Embery is an independent & courageous fighter for workers’ rights. Solidarity of course but I’m furious too.”