South Yorkshire firefighters set to walk out on strike

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Firefighters in South Yorkshire have announced two more strike dates in the ongoing dispute over pensions.

They are to walk out for two four-hour periods on the evenings of December 13 and 14, the Fire Brigades Union announced yesterday.

Firefighters are concerned at plans to make them pay more into their pension pots.

They are also fearful that older firefighters, deemed unfit for frontline duties, risk losing their jobs.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue 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 our contingency arrangements which have already been tested on a number of occasions and will now be reviewing our arrangements in light of this announcement.

“Our 999 response service will be severely reduced during any strike periods, so we call on people to take extra care to keep calls low.”