FIREFIGHTERS in Inverness claimed widespread support as they joined almost 30,000 members of the Fire Brigades Union in the service's first national strike in November.
The union had submitted a demand for a 30 per cent increase but despite talks between leaders and employers, the government insisted there could be no breach of its 10 per cent public sector pay ceiling. Emergency fire cover was provided by troops using a fleet of Green Goddess engines.
During a two-day visit to Inverness, Bill Craig, chairman of the FBU (Glasgow Committee), insisted morale was high.
"They appreciate why they had finally to take this action and they will see it out to the end," he said.
After nine weeks, the FBU agreed a 10 per cent pay rise.