Grenfell Tower Inquiry: FBU calls for those responsible to be held accountable

Accountability London

Today (Monday 6 July), hearings in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry begin again after a pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called for no more “painstaking postponements”, saying that “in the cold hard light of day” the crimes of those responsible are apparent.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:

“The bereaved, survivors and residents of Grenfell should have seen justice delivered by now, but instead have been forced to wait, first because of the obscene moves from corporate witnesses to secure immunity from prosecution, and then because of the coronavirus pandemic which made continuing the inquiry all but impossible.

“We are now more than three years on from the disastrous fire at Grenfell Tower and there can be no more painstaking postponements.

“Before hearings were paused, we saw those involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower try again and again to evade responsibility. But in the cold hard light of day, the crimes of those who wrapped the building in flammable cladding, and who ignored the concerns are residents, are apparent – and they must be held accountable.

“Firefighters continue to stand with the Grenfell community in their pursuit of justice.”

Joe Karp-Sawey, FBU communications officer