With the restructure of the Scottish Regional committee almost complete (with only the Chair posts in Districts 6 and 7 left to fill) and the recent election of Stevie Thomson as the new Scottish Regional secretary, which saw the removal of the previous incumbent, Mr OBE, the tide is finally turning for Scottish FBU members.
Their illustrious Scottish leaders for the past few years have spent their time pursuing their own personal and political agendas and in the process, with the help of their sycophantic followers, have driven the Union to it’s lowest ebb in living memory.
The Fire Board’s decision to close five Fire Control rooms, with the loss of over 100 uniformed Control operators’ jobs; the introduction of the detrimental duty system for officers; the ongoing loss of hundreds of uniformed posts, with many more losses proposed; all agreed in “partnership” with the Scottish FBU leaders, are but a few of the catastrophic decisions that has seen the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service engage in a race to the bottom.
The complete failure of the Scottish FBU leaders to even challenge these cuts is bad enough, but the fact they agreed them, is now leading to their downfall.
Paul Wilson, the former Scottish Treasurer, resigned from the post some months ago under (as yet) unexplained circumstances and Mr OBE was removed from his post, when he was overwhelmingly defeated in the recent Scottish Secretary election.
In the next month or so, the election process for the post of Scottish Chair will begin, which will inevitably see the current incumbent, Alan Paterson, removed.
On the back of that, the election for Executive Council member for Scotland will take place. The question is whether Roddy Robertson will retire (which by that time he would be over 3 years past his retirement date), or if he will be foolish enough to try to get re-elected!
Either way, it is as certain as day turns to night that he will be gone as it is he, more than anyone else, who is responsible for the complete mess that the Union in Scotland is in and it is he, more than anyone else, that Scottish FBU members want rid of.
That will then only leave John McFadden, who will be completely isolated, as the last remaining member of the current Scottish FBU leadership team; a leadership team that will be long remembered for causing more damage to members’ jobs and conditions, and indeed the Fire Service, than any other!
This is not to mention the absolute debacle that was their synical and contrived removal of Scottish members’ strike ballot in the pensions dispute.
The new Scottish Regional committee and new Scottish FBU leaders (when they are in place) will have an extremely difficult task ahead.
For them to try to stop management’s cuts agenda, so readily accepted and supported by their predecessors, will be hard enough, but to regain what has already been lost, will be almost impossible.
The damage that has been done is considerable and much of it irrecoverable.
What Scottish FBU members will see though, will be new officials who will actually reflect the views of those they represent and who will at least fight against cuts and any further detrimental proposed changes.
There is still work to be done to complete the much needed process of change, through the democratic election process, however this will now be done in months rather than years, giving FBU members a much needed and welcomed light at the end of what has been, a very long dark tunnel.
Hopefully then FBU members will see a united Union that will fight against cuts and for its members’ best interests.