South Yorkshire firefighters announce series of strike dates

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Firefighters in South Yorkshire are to take strike action on eight consecutive days.

South Yorkshire fire chiefs have been advised that Fire Brigades Union members will walk out on Monday, July 14, and every day after until and including Monday, July 21.

On July 14, 15, 16 and 17 they will strike between 6am and 8am, and 5pm and 7pm.

The following day - Friday, July 18 - they will walk out between 6am and 8am.

Later that day they will down tools again at 11pm, and stay out until 1am on Saturday, July 19.

That Saturday they will also strike between 11am and 1pm, before staging another walk-out between 11pm and 1am on Sunday, July 20.

They are also planning to strike between 5pm and 7pm that Sunday and between 6am and 8am, and 5pm and 7pm on Monday, July 21.

The strike action has been called as part of an ongoing national dispute between firefighters and the Government.

FBU members are angry at changes to firefighter pension schemes.

They are also concerned about job security for aging firefighters deemed unfit for the frontline.

The union claims there are no longer the back office jobs available for older firefighters to move into.

Chief Fire Officer James Courtney said: “Our emergency response service will be significantly reduced during the strike period, so the best way to stay protected is to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.

“If you do discover a fire don’t attempt to tackle it yourself - get out, stay out and still call 999.”

Contingency firefighters have been recruited to provide emergency cover during the period of strike action.

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