Further clarification on the development of structures. Some initial work has been done and has lead to a high level discussion document that outlines some options. This was not and was never intended to be a proposed structure. The FBU has deliberately not circulated this as;1 - it was likely to be misleading - effectively this would be like saying "here is a document that is not a draft structure that will not be the final structure." 2 - ongoing work has rapidly superceded this document.
Latest 11/1/13 A series of meetings have taken place in the week since our return from the New Year.
The FBU recently endorsed the STUC "A Just Scotland" report and has circulated the document to branches. At this stage the FBU believes it is more important to allow and encourage members to take part in the debate than to take any position on the future constitutional arrangements. Further work will be done on this strategy and we will be looking to engage widely on the topic and will contribute to subsequent work under the auspices of the STUC.
Work is underway to consider the best arrangements for command and control rooms. Much of this work involves consideration of the technical issues around bringing together different IT systems. There are No proposals to close control rooms. The FBU are involved in this work, with key priorities around our members jobs and their long term future within the SFRS.
The FBU have recently agreed with the Senior Leadership Team that under the "Transfer & Matching" arrangements a mobility clause should apply to members who do not meet the direct match criteria. This means that any uniformed member will not be asked to work outwith the previous employment territory unless; 1) They volunteer to work in another territory 2) They accept the offer of a promoted post This should give a reassurance that no individual shall be asked to travel unreasonably and that extensive travel will not be used against members.