LGBT delegates leave Fire Brigades Union conference after voting rights removed
LGBT representatives left the Fire Brigades Union national conference in Blackpool after guaranteed voting rights for minority representatives across the union were removed by ballot.
The 44,000-member FBU voted to amend its equality structure late on the first day of the conference after a policy statement said the existing system, which guaranteed seats for LGBT, women and ethnic minority representatives on its national committee could “distort democratic structures”.
Guaranteed representation for the minority groups, the document said, could “increase the likelihood that a minority could outvote a majority”.
June 26, 2012