Fire crews ballot for industrial action

Fire Engine on call
Fire Engine on call

Fire crews have given seven days’ notice of ballot for industrial action over frontline cuts and changes to terms and conditions without agreement

 South Yorkshire fire crews will ballot for industrial action ‘short of strike’ at this time.

The Fire Brigades Union has given the authority seven days’ notice to reverse or remove a range of cuts to frontline crewing.

The cuts include closing four fire stations, reducing the number of emergency fire control operatives as well as introducing new policies without agreement.

FBU brigade secretary John Gilliver said: “As well as front line cuts, Senior managers have been imposing changes to our members terms and conditions without agreement and now firefighters in South Yorkshire have said enough is enough.

“We thought we’d move away from this type of behaviour by senior managers following the last dispute being resolved and a change of management at the very top but it appears we are heading back down the same route”