Firefighters across Scotland descended on the Scottish Parliament this week to call on MSPs to support their demand for an above inflation pay increase. The move follows a pay offer from employers of just 2%.
Martin Whitfield MSP met with the FBU representatives and pledged his support for a fair pay deal:
“Firefighters risk their lives keeping our citizens safe. They are at the forefront of the climate emergency dealing with increased numbers of wildfires and flooding and respond to emergency situations across the country. FBU members must be made a serious pay offer that addresses the cost of living crisis. They have my full support in their campaign for fair pay.”
FBU Scottish secretary John McKenzie said:
“Taking strike action is always a last resort but our employers are increasingly leaving us with no choice.
“After a decade of cuts firefighters and control room staff in Scotland have seen their pay cut by over £4000 in real terms. This cannot go on. Inflation is sitting at 12% and food, energy and other household bills are soaring. The UK and Scottish Governments must fund a fair pay increase for our members who keep communities and businesses safe every day of the year.”