The FBU for the Highlands & Islands has condemned todays decision by the joint fire board to refuse uniformed staff in Highlands & Islands fire and rescue an enhanced public holiday rate of pay for the royal wedding on 29 April.
The terms andconditions of uniformed staff in the whole of the UK fire service are agreed at a national level, which includes such things as pay & holidays. Although the FBU understand that most of the councils represented on the fire board have already decided that they are not recognising the date of the royal wedding as a public holiday, firefighters terms and conditions are always agreed on a national, not local basis.
Calum MacNeill, Chair of the FBU for the Highlands & Islands said: “The board’s decision is ridiculous as the proposal put to the board has already been made at a national level between the Fire Service Management, and the Local Government representatives at the National Joint Council (NJC)”. He added that “in light of the concluded NJC agreement he had expected this proposal to be rubber stamped by the board. The service has identified the savings needed for the next two years, and the costs of honouring this agreement were already budgeted for”.
The FBU urge councillors to re-think their position as refusing to honour a decision that their COSLA reps have already agreed to on the NJC could well result in some form of industrial action.
CALUM MACNEILL FBU Brigade Chair H&I: 078010 47609
MARTY COOPER FBU Brigade Secy H&I: 07890 630975