A FRESH industrial dispute is brewing at the Faslane and Coulport nuclear naval bases.

The Tele reported earlier this week how Unite is involved in a pay and bargaining row which has triggered a strike.

Now the union has raised ‘major’ safety concerns following plans by outsourcing firm Capita to reduce the number of firefighters at each base.

It says it has been notified that Capita is set to reduce the specialist fire safety crew by 15 per cent.

Debbie Hutchings, Unite industrial officer, said: “The plan to reduce the fire crew and to replace it with local authority support is a recipe for disaster.

"We are asking Capita to abandon this reckless plan and get back to negotiations."