MP raises concerns over firefighter strikes

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham
Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham
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MP Sarah Champion has written to the Minister for Fire, Brandon Lewis, to express concern over the safety of Rotherham residents if the Government does not resolve a dispute with firefighters which has led to a series of strikes.

The MP highlighted her frustration that Rotherham fire station has already lost one of its full time fire engines in a bid to cut costs and argued that lives are being put at risk by the industrial action taken by firefighters.

The Fire Brigades Union has staged a series of walk-outs over Government changes to pensions and fears over job security for aging firefighters.

Ms Champion said: “I have personally visited the fire station in Rotherham to discuss pensions with local firefighters, and there is great concern on this issue from firefighters that have worked hard throughout their lives to protect the public.

“Rotherham Fire fighters are an incredible, dedicated group yet they are under huge pressure from cuts. It is imperative that the Government does everything possible to avert any industrial action by firefighters, and at the moment they just seem to be ignoring them. Rotherham has already suffered the loss of one of their engines.”