For Immediate Release
6 March 2014
The Fire Brigades Union Scotland today condemned the confirmation of the decision to increase pension contributions for Scotland’s firefighters. The passing on of the member’s contribution increases in line with UK Government means that a firefighter earning £28,766 will be paying a huge 14.2% of their salary towards their pension.
FBU Executive Council member Roddy Robertson said ‘FBU members already pay the highest pension contributions in the public sector and have seen pay fall in real terms as pensions increases have outstripped wage increases and that’s without taking into account the cost of living has been rising.”
Scottish Secretary John Duffy commented, “We call on the Scottish Government to stand up for public sector workers in Scotland and say that enough is enough. Our senior officer members will now be paying up to 17% of their wages, others are having to work longer and will get less than they signed up for.”
The FBU remains in a trade dispute with all 4 UK Governments over the issue and the Union is currently considering its next move. Scottish Secretary John Duffy again, “ This started with Gordon Brown’s government developing the Hutton Review and it has been implemented with glee by the Tory Government and their willing assistants the Lib/Dems. Collectively they are all condemning firefighters to an unsustainable unattractive and unaffordable pension scheme. We know that the Scottish Government face sanctions from HM Treasury over this, but doing something needs to be done to address this problem which is facing thousands of our members”