Over the last few months there has been a great deal of speculation over the shape of the new SFRS. Some of this uncertainty was natural, some of it was fuelled for various reasons, not all of which were construnctive. We have been saying for some time that the FBU will not deal in speculation, rumour or out of date, false or misleading information. The FBU have been working with the service leads and the SLT to develop a new structure that will balance out workload and take account of risk, call history, demographics, population and other factors.
The FBU will be holding a rally and demonstration at the Scottish Parliament on 28 March. Details of travel arrangements will be listed on this site and through local officials. A good attendance is required as we press our campiagn for, Affordable, sustainable and fair pensions. Further details will follow. A pdf flyer is available for printing and placing on notice boards. The General Secretary is now confirmed as a speaker
The Scottish Committee met on Friday (15/3/13) and were given an update on the current position around pensions. Our National Officer leading the campaign, Sean Starbuck addressed the meeting and advised that there had been some discussion around the Normal Pension Age Review (available from Related Content) but we were still waiting for a formal response from the UK Govt. We are anticipating the regulations increasing the member contribution rates being submitted to the various Parliaments.
Not unexpectedly there is a great deal of speculation at the moment around the future of the service and what shape that will take. The Board have passed a paper outlining the principles by which the structures of the new service will be developed. Based on this the service circulated a 39 page document giving an outline of what a new structure could look like. This is currently doing the rounds of the services as "The Structure". This outline, draft document was for illustration of the principles and does not represent a proposal, let alone the final state structure.
The MAG Sub-Group met Monday in what will be the final meeting of the group. Updates were given on the reform programme, including day one considerations and budgets. Papers were also submitted on the Gateway Review, PRiLO and Staff Transfers, Local Scrutiny and Engagement updates and a final report from the Group to the Minister. The information was confirming the current status of development work including the agreement of confidence that day 1 would be achievable on 1 April 2013.