It looks like the FBU Executive Council member for Scotland, Roddy Robertson, really has pressed the panic button over the ever increasing number of Motions of No Confidence (MONC) being submitted by Branches against him and his willing cohorts.
After his uninspired performance at the Strathclyde mass meeting, where he sneered and snapped at members and blamed everyone else for his own failings, he has now mobilised a few of his merry followers into Strathclyde branches, in an attempt to bypass and undermine the Strathclyde Brigade officials, ahead of the Scottish Regional committee meeting on 17th December, when the motions from Strathclyde branches will be considered by the committee.
In fact, he even turned up (unannounced) at Renfrew fire station and tried to persuade the on duty watch to withdraw their MONC. It didn’t work!
Incredibly, he and his clique are now trying to encourage branches to submit MONC against the General Secretary instead!
Desperate indeed, as well as pathetic!
Interestingly, two of his minions have recently been turning up at Strathclyde branch AGMs (uninvited) – Messers Chaudhry and McLeod!
Yes, that’s right, the two officials from Dumfries & Galloway who are peddling the SFRSs Cuts Agenda (see previous post).
You would think that they would acknowledge the fact (even if they don’t agree with it) that many members, through their branches, have registered serious misgivings regarding the representation they are gettng from the Scottish officials, to the point that they now want rid of them.
You would think so, but they are not.
Instead, Mr McLeod has been quoted as referring to such members as “the enemy within“! Disgraceful!
They are also trying to persuade members to support Independence in the forthcoming Referendum, despite there being a clear and unambiguous FBU Conference policy which states that the Union will remain neutral on that issue!
Of course, as FBU members in Scotland know too well, they won’t let such matters as Union policies & rules get in the way of their own personal & political agendas!
Despite being repeatedly told that they have no place attending Strathclyde branch meetings, they are carrying on regardless.
You would think that travelling from Dumfries to branches throughout Strathclyde most days would be exhausting, wouldn’t you?
Well, not so, as the Scottish leaders have put them up in a nice comfy hotel in Glasgow, paid for of course, by Scottish FBU members’ money!
So, how can this be justified? Well, put simply, it can’t!
They and the Scottish leaders are trying to say that as “West Hub” officials, they are entitled to attend “West Hub” branches.
However, there are a couple of fundamental problems with this argument.
Firstly, whilst SFRS has restructured into Hubs, there has not yet been any such restructure within the FBU in Scotland.
Consequently, the existing structures, based on 8 Brigade committees that represent members from branches in those 8 respective Brigade areas, still applies.
Therefore, Brigade officials from one Brigade have no place attending branch meetings in another Brigade, unless they are specifically invited to do so, which in the case of Messers Chaudhry & McLeod, they haven’t!
Secondly, who decided who these “Hub” officials were? No elections for any such posts have ever taken place.
This is for the simple reason that there has been no internal Union restructure to initiate any such elections!
Significantly, there has been no amendments made to the Union’s Rule Book, in order to recognise any new structure or accomodate any subsequent required election processes.
Therefore, there is currently no such position as a “Hub official” in Scotland, or anywhere else. They’ve made it up!
Of course, this isn’t deterring them and they are carrying on regardless.
Ironically, some Branches have rejected them from their meeting. Of those that didn’t, the members there were decidedly unimpressed by them.
So, even though it is almost certain that the Motions of No Confidence will not be carried at the forthcoming meeting of the Scottish Regional committee, due to the support that the Scottish leaders will get from their small cabal of supporters on the committee (see previous post on this issue), the fact that they have been submitted in the first place is significant and is having a clear impact.
Using their own votes and those of their flunkies to dismiss Motions of No Confidence against them doesn’t change the fact that many many members are extremely unhappy with the representation (or lack of) that they have been subjected to from these Scottish officials.
When you take a step back for a moment and consider their recent record, it makes for horrendous reading. It then becomes easy to understand the anger that is being felt by so many members:
● Their support for a Single Service, which is already seeing a swathe of cuts, with more to come – WITHOUT proper consultation with their members!
● Control Room closures – WITHOUT consultation with their members and WITHOUT a fight!
● Control Room Operator jobs lost - WITHOUT consultation with their members and WITHOUT a fight!
● Agreeing a new detrimental Flexi Duty Officer Duty System – AGAINST the express wishes of Officer members!
● Officer jobs lost - WITHOUT a fight!
● Hundreds of Frontline Firefighter posts to go – WITHOUT a fight and WITH their support of management (again)!
● The abysmal handling of the Pension dispute in Scotland – BLAMING everyone else, including members, for their failings, actions & inactions! LACK of information! COSYING UP to the Scottish Government, the Fire Board & SFRS management!
And they wonder why their members are unhappy?!!