Firemen look to cool pension talk

Fire services training excercise at paper making plant Ahlstrom near Chirnside. Scottish Fire Brigade's from Eyemouth, Coldstream, Duns and Marionville in Edinburgh participated.
Fire services training excercise at paper making plant Ahlstrom near Chirnside. Scottish Fire Brigade's from Eyemouth, Coldstream, Duns and Marionville in Edinburgh participated.

The Fire Brigades Union has expressed concern at what it says is an “inaccurate” statement made by the Scottish Government on firefighter pensions.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Government minister for community safety and legal affairs, claimed that firefighters in Scotland had accepted a proposal on pension reform.

However, the FBU has emphasised this is not the case.

FBU general secretary, Matt Wrack, said: “Firefighters in Scotland have voted to not take strike action at the current time, but there has been no settlement of our trade dispute with Scottish Government.

“It is unhelpful for misleading comments to be made on a matter that is still under discussion.”

Scottish firefighters have voted that pension proposals from the Scottish Government are sufficient to prevent a strike at the current time, the Fire Brigades Union has announced.

In a statement to members, the union’s executive council said: “By majority vote Scottish members have decided that the Scottish Government’s proposal is sufficient to avoid strike action at this time.”

However, it continued: “Scottish members have made it very clear during the briefing meetings that the proposals do not satisfy all parts of the trade dispute.

The union said that members’ had also recognised that the Scottish Government would “match” any additional improvements made in agreements elsewhere in the UK.

Strike action in England remains a strong possibility.