South Yorkshire firefighters to join mass strike action

Firefighters strike at Doncaster Fire Station. Picture: Andrew Roe
Firefighters strike at Doncaster Fire Station. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Firefighters across the region are set to join mass strike action next week, as part of a continuing dispute over pay and pensions.

This further day of strikes will coincide with a walk out by local government workers, teachers and civil servants over a range of issues, including attacks on pay and pensions and workloads.

The strike will take place on July 10 between 10am and 7pm, and will be the fifteenth in the FBU’s campaign.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “The FBU has wanted to settle our dispute for a long time, but the government at Westminster is simply not listening.

“We are therefore proud to take strike action alongside our colleagues.

“The fact that this government has united so many workers to take strike action against them is a testament to the failure of their policies.

“They are destroying our public services and wrecking the lives of millions.

“If they won’t listen and won’t negotiate then this is the result — and they should face more of the same if necessary.”

It is estimated that as many as two million workers across the country will take strike action today.

The dispute has continued for months over claims from the FBU that firefighters are facing the imposition of a pension that ignores the difficult and physical demands of the job they do.