MACDONALD WELCOMES FIRE BRIGADES UNION NEWS
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:29
No strike action in Scotland.
Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, has welcomed the news that the F.B.U. have voted in favour of accepting the Scottish Government offer on pensions. The news means that there will be no strike action in Scotland.
Mr MacDonald said:
“This news will be most welcome by the general public as well as the Scottish Government.
“It shows what can be achieved in Scotland by working in partnership with the unions, and where there is a willingness to negotiate constructively on both sides.
“Fire Brigade Union members now have a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies and the Scottish Government have made a commitment that there will be no privatisation of the Fire Service in Scotland.”
Minister for Community Safety Roseanna Cunningham also welcomed the announcement and has called on the UK Government to now act to ensure fire fighters in England are not disadvantaged from their Scottish counterparts and address the outstanding issues in the on-going trade dispute.
Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs said:
“The Scottish Government is obviously delighted that fire fighters in Scotland have voted to accept our offer which provides the best deal available for Scottish fire fighters and communities within the legislative and financial constraints imposed on us by the current devolved settlement.
“Through the creation of the single Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, we have been able to protect frontline services in the face of continued budget cuts from Westminster. We look forward to a sustained period of partnership working with the FBU and other staff bodies as we build a fundamentally different approach from that being pursued in England and Wales.
“Of course, we realise our offer does not cover reserved issues which remain within the control of the UK Government. This means that fire fighters across all roles and jobs will experience significant detrimental changes to their pensions.
“We urge the UK Government to act now to ensure fire fighters in England are not disadvantaged from their Scottish counterparts, and to address the outstanding issues in the trade dispute.”