Commenting on a report in the Scotsman about potential industrial action in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service over pay and conditions, Scottish Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary Hugh Henry said:
“Yet again we see that non-uniform staff are having to bear the brunt of cuts to the emergency services. The SNP Government has used the centralisation of services to hide the significant budget cuts it has imposed. On top of this the SNP Government landed the fire service with a VAT burden which could have been avoided.
"SNP Ministers need to revisit the funding of our fire service. It’s only a matter of time before front line fire-fighters are also asked to take their share of cuts.”