South Yorkshire firefighters set to go on strike

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
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South Yorkshire firefighters are preparing to walk out on strike again tonight.

Crew members from across the county will down tools at 6.30pm and return to their stations again at 12.30am on New Year’s Day.

They are also planning to take strike action again between 6.30am and 8.30am on Friday, January 3.

The strikes have been called as part of a dispute between the Fire Brigades Union and the Government.

FBU members are angry over government plans for them to pay more into their pension pots each month.

They are also angry at plans to make firefighters work longer, claiming those physically unable to carry out frontline firefighting duties could lose their jobs.

The FBU claims there are not any back office jobs for older firefighters to do any more.

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: “Firefighters provide a first-class standard of service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and these strikes will remind government just how reliant they are on our members’ professionalism, commitment and flexibility.”

South Yorkshire’s 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.

“Cooking is still the biggest cause of house fires, so all we’re asking is that people are sensible and take extra care in the kitchen, don’t leave their cooking unattended and don’t attempt to cook if they’re under the influence of alcohol.”

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