Firefighters due to walk out on strike next month

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Around 50 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a plastic recycling plant in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield. It broke out at about 2.30pm at an industrial unit. A thick plume of black smoke can be seen as far away as Doncaster.
Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Around 50 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at a plastic recycling plant in the Attercliffe area of Sheffield. It broke out at about 2.30pm at an industrial unit. A thick plume of black smoke can be seen as far away as Doncaster.
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Firefighters in South Yorkshire have announced they are to walk out on strike next month in an ongoing dispute over pensions.

Crews staged a walk-out as part of a national day of action last month, and were due to strike last week but called it off at the eleventh hour after some progress was made in talks.

But new strike dates have been set for November 1 and 4 after discussions between the Fire Brigades Union, the Government and fire bosses stalled.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We are disappointed more strike dates have been announced and we call on the Government and the FBU to negotiate an end to this dispute as quickly as possible.

“We are satisfied with our contingency arrangements, which were tested for the first time last month, and will now be reviewing our arrangements in light of the new dates.”