Firefighters in Scotland have voted “overwhelmingly” to accept an improved pay deal after strike action was halted.
The settlement is for a 7% increase backdated to July 2022, plus an additional 5% from July 2023.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said 96% of members voted to accept the deal on an 84% turnout.
FBU Scottish secretary John McKenzie said: “Our members have voted overwhelmingly for this improved pay deal.
“This is testament to the power of collective action and the strength of the Fire Brigades Union.
“We have achieved this increase because of the massive vote in favour of strike action by firefighters and control staff across the country.
“With our pay issue settled we now have much more to do to ensure we have a fire and rescue service fit to meet the demands of the times in which we live.”
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s interim deputy chief officer Stuart Stevens said: “I’m delighted that an agreement has been reached and that industrial action has been averted.
“This means firefighters will receive a well-deserved 7% increase in pay backdated to July 2022, with a further 5% pay from July 1 this year.
“We welcome the support of the FBU and National Employers to make this possible, as well as the support of the Scottish Government.”
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