South Yorkshire firefighters announce two strike dates

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Firefighters in South Yorkshire have announced two more strike dates - in their ongoing row with the Government over pensions.

Crews across the county are set to walk out for 24 hours at 9am on Thursday, June 12.

They are then due to go on strike again on Saturday, June 21 between 10am and 5pm.

The national strike has been called by the Fire Brigades Union following three years of discussions with the Government over a raft of issues including firefighters being asked to pay more into their

pension pots.

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

“We are satisfied with the contingency arrangements which we had in place during previous strike periods last year, and will now be reviewing our arrangements in light of the new dates.

“Our 999 response service will be severely reduced during any strike periods.”