Firefighters in South Yorkshire, and across the country, are set to strike for a further 24 hours tomorrow due to an ongoing dispute over an ‘unfair’ pension scheme.
The strike will take place from 9am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, December 9).
According to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) ‘firefighters face a stark choice of either being sacked or a severely reduced pension if they fail fitness tests as a result of naturally declining fitness through age’.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, continued: “Firefighters in England are reluctantly calling further strike action as a direct result of the Westminster government’s failure to listen and negotiate over pensions.
“Firefighters are asking the Westminster government to immediately open genuine negotiations to resolve this dispute. They should also hold a House of Commons debate to fully scrutinise the legislation and there should be a parliamentary vote on the regulations.
“We need to be clear. We are not going to give up or go away. Firefighters will fight for however long it takes to secure a fair pensions deal – this dispute will not end as long as the regulations remain unchanged.”
He added: Wrack said: “It is sickening that the only part of the UK where the fire minister refuses to engage in genuine negotiations is England. We cannot accept that firefighters in England will be penalised simply because the Westminster government refuses to consider the evidence or even read its own reports on the risks to firefighter fitness related to aging. We have won the argument on this issue for the past three years. We face a government which refuses to negotiate or even to listen to reason. Therefore this fight will carry on.”