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Fire & Rescue Service conditions ballot

10 October 2015: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) members are being balloted from 3 October in a final attempt to reach a collective agreement. Ballot papers must be returned by NOON on Friday 23rd October 2015.

UNISON and UNITE members failed to agree with SFRS on the harmonisation of terms and conditions and entered a formal consultation period in August.

Both unions are clear that the revised pay and reward package now on the table is the limit that can be achieved through negotiations: Further details are included in the ballot letter sent to UNISON SFRS members which includes

  • Pay protection for all employees in detriment until 28 February 2017
  • Implementation date of revised pay scales will be 1 August 2015 and the implementation date for terms and conditions will be 1 November 2015
  • Outwith core hours allowance increased to 7.5%

Union members should also be clear that the SJC pay awards will no longer apply and that there will be direct negotiations with SFRS from 1 April 2016. SFRS have stated that if there is no collective agreement then they will go to voluntary offers and thereafter dismissal and re-engagement on the revised terms. Members are urged to use their vote.

Archive news

28 June 2013

Welcome to our new branch and branch newsletter. UNISON SFRS represent UNISON support staff members employed in the new Scottish Fire & Rescue Service. Click here for newsletter (pdf)

14 August 2012

UNISON Scotland is at the heart of the reform of your service and we will look after your interests as the change process develops over the coming months and years.

The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill which was passed by the Scottish Parliament in June 2012 will create a new unitary police force and a unitary fire and rescue service in Scotland.

UNISON members providing fire and rescue services have been advised of new organisational arrangements to ensure members are properly represented as we move towards a single service.

Sarah Duncan s.duncan@unison.co.uk are leading for UNISON Scotland on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Your local branches, stewards and staff can help you with any queries or concerns.

UNISON Scotland has a seat on the Employee Consultation Forum. We aim to make sure the non-uniform staff have a strong voice in this process and your issues are properly dealt with (eg job evaluation, equal pay, terms and conditions, pay protection, and any redundancies which may be proposed. UNISON Scotland has huge experience of similar reforms and how they affect staff.

UNISON will also have seats on the Business Support and Workforce work streams.

If you work in Fire and Rescue Services in Scotland there has never been a better time to join UNISON - click here: www.unison-scotland.org.uk/join

JOIN UNISON if you have not done so already, and tell your colleagues to do likewise.

We also want to build up our network of contacts and stewards across every area and Station Team, so that current information on what is happening can be fed out and back to UNISON via Lynne and Sara. If you are interested in being a frontline contact/steward for UNISON, let us know.

Recent news and publications:

14 August 2012: UNISON Scotland blog - Police and fire VAT update

13 June 2012: UNISON Scotland blog - Police and fire VAT liability

March 2012: Fire Matters - UNISON Scotland Bulletin for Fire and Rescue Staff members (pdf)

14 March 2012: Treasury confirms VAT bill for single fire and police services - UNISON

Feb 2012: Briefing on Police and Fire Reform (pdf)
The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament will create a new unitary police force and a unitary fire service in Scotland.

UNISON Scotland Evidence to Scottish Parliament Committees on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill published in Feb 2012: