Firefighters' disputes

Firefighters' disputes

£50k a day wasted, fire union claims

Thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money is being "wasted" every day in rent for purpose-built new fire service buildings which are lying empty, union leaders have claimed.

Firefighters sent redundancy letters

EVERY firefighter in the Lothians is being asked to consider voluntary redundancy or early retirement as part of a major cost-cutting drive.

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Legal fight begins over fire brigade radios

THE government yesterday took action to force the chief of one of Scotland's largest fire brigades to fit new emergency radios.

Firefighters face daily attacks by bricks, bottles and snooker cues

A FIREFIGHTER is attacked almost every day in Scotland while in the line of duty – including being struck with snooker cues, bricks and bottles.

Minister pours cold water on fire service training base plan

A SCOTTISH Government minister is trying to overrule Lothian and Borders fire chiefs by blocking the building of a new multi-million pound training centre at Newbridge.

Firefighters strike threat as row erupts over pensions

THE threat of a national strike by firefighters was raised today in a row over pensions.

Fire chief's pay rise gets rank and file hot under the collar

LOTHIAN'S fire chief is set to receive a six-and-a-half per cent pay rise, at the same time as rank and file members of the service are facing a 50 per cent cut to their bonuses.

Threat of strike by firefighters flares again

THE threat of a fresh nationwide strike by firefighters looms once more because of a new row over pay, it was revealed today.

Firefighters go back to work after walk-out

Merseyside: Striking Merseyside firefighters were set to return to work today. About 1000 Fire Brigade Union members walked out on August 31 over alleged job cuts and changes to shift patterns,

Firefighters begin third phase of strike action

FIREFIGHTERS were due to begin a third phase of strike action today, in Merseyside.

Firefighters set for meeting to end walk-out

Merseyside: Talks will take place today to try to end a firefighters' strike in one of the country's largest brigades.

No army cover for fire strike

FIREFIGHTERS will go on strike today in a row over jobs, with no military cover being provided for the first time.

Fire chiefs in bid to block pension plans

FIRE chiefs in Lothians have launched a campaign against Government plans which would force firefighters to work until they are 60.

Military burns up £88m in fighting fires during strikes

THE Government has spent £92 million deploying members of the military to tackle fires during the last decade, it has emerged.

Firefighters strike pay deal

STRIKING firefighters at Scotland’s largest airport will return to work tomorrow after reaching a settlement.

Fire plan 'will threaten lives'

GOVERNMENT plans to replace emergency fire control rooms with fewer regional centres could cost more than £1 billion and threaten lives, the Fire Brigades’ Union claimed today.

Fire centre report sparks huge row

A MASSIVE row flared today between the Government and the firefighters’ union amid claims a confidential report had warned plans to close control centres ran a high risk of "total failure".

Fire union takes battle to Lords

A CAMPAIGN to win pension rights for thousands of retained firefighters is to go to the House of Lords, it was announced today.

Firefighters facing £100k pension loss

FIREFIGHTERS are set to lose out on more than £100,000 each if pension scheme reforms go ahead.

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