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South Yorkshire firefighters announce more strikes

ON STRIKE ... firefighters have announced eight new dates for industrial action.

ON STRIKE ... firefighters have announced eight new dates for industrial action.

Firefighters in South Yorkshire have announced a further eight days of strike action after the Government failed to improve its pension proposals.

They will walk out for two hours every day between noon and 2pm from Saturday, August 9, until Saturday, August 16, and for an hour in the evenings from 10.59pm to 11.59pm.

Firefighters say new proposals are still unworkable and mean they will face early dismissal before they turn 60 because they cannot maintain the high physical fitness requirements necessary for their role.

And Neil Carbutt, secretary of SYFR Fire Brigades Union, said if they opt for early retirement some firefighters would lose 47 per cent of their pensions.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “It is absolutely ludicrous that a government can impose a scheme which means firefighters will have to ride engines and rescue people from fires up to the age of 60.

“It is unsafe and unrealistic for both firefighters and the public.

“We know it, and the public know it, but the Government will not listen.”

Mr Carbutt said taking strike action was a last resort for South Yorkshire’s fire crews who are being hit hard in the pocket by the ongoing dispute.

The firefighters will also be taking part in an overtime ban.

 

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