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LOCHHEAD EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER RISK TO RAF LOSSIEMOUTH FIREFIGHTER JOBS

11/10/2019  

MSP DEMANDS ANSWERS FROM MoD

Richard Lochhead MSP has written to the UK Government to express his serious concerns over the privatisation of the Defence Fire and Rescue Service at RAF Lossiemouth, which could mean the loss of 27 civilian jobs in Moray.

Civilians have served as firefighters at RAF Lossiemouth since the 1970s but the current crew are understood to be at risk of redundancy following the decision to outsource the contract to Capita.

Under the plans the 27 personnel are understood to be being transferred to Kinloss Barracks until the closure of the airfield there, at which point the crew members would be made redundant. The Kinloss airfield is expected to close in October 2020.

Mr Lochhead has asked the Defence Minister to give the situation his urgent attention and review any changes that would lead to the loss of 27 civilian jobs in Moray.

Commenting Moray’s SNP MSP said:

“I was extremely concerned to learn that 27 civilian firefighter jobs at RAF Lossiemouth are at risk following the privatisation of the defence fire and rescue service.

“This will be a very worrying and stressful time for the crew, many of whom have served at RAF for a number of years, and who are dedicated to keeping the base and its personnel safe.

“Given the loyal service and commitment the staff has given to RAF Lossiemouth over the years, it would be appalling if they were to be dismissed. To rub salt into the wound it appears many of the personnel found out about their fate via an email that came to light.

“This proposal and the way it has come to light is causing a great deal of distress to my constituents who continue to carry out their roles with complete professionalism, despite this hanging over their heads.

“The Ministry of Defence must urgently clarify its plans and ensure that these 27 local civilian crew keep their jobs.”

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