Firefighters’ industrial ballot suspended as talks agreed

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A BALLOT for industrial action by South Yorkshire firefighters has been suspended.

Union bosses and the fire service will now hold talks in the next few weeks.

The Fire Brigades’ Union had given seven days notice of industrial action up to but not including a strike over plans for cuts and changes to terms and conditions.

Regional official Graham Wilkinson said: “It is looking positive as normally we would have to go to some form of industrial action to get to this point.

“It’s still early days and still a lot to go through, at the end of these talks we might still come out with nothing.”

South Yorkshire fire authority members have voted to close stations in Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough in Sheffield plus Royston near Barnsley.

Two new stations at Sheffield Parkway and Birley will replace them.

A new shift system has also been proposed in measures to save money.

See tomorrow’s Star for the full story.