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More strike days called by firefighters in South Yorkshire

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2176

South Yorkshire firefighters in the FBU union have called another wave of strike action across four days this week. The firefighters are set to take rolling strike action from Friday to Monday.

The 744 firefighters are fighting a threat to sack them all and re-employ them on contracts that impose new shift patterns.

Last week they walked out for eight hours every day from Saturday to Wednesday, after holding two 24-hour strikes the week before.

This week the firefighters will be out for between two and six hours at a time up to three times a day.

Text messages of support to brigade secretary Nigel Hodges 07980 644742.

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Merseyside firefighters have issued bosses with a seven-day deadline to stop its cuts and reinstate sacked union rep Kevin Hughes

– or they will ballot for industrial action. Merseyside FBU secretary Les Skarratts said, “All we are doing is responding to the aggressive actions of the fire authority, which includes sacking Kevin Hughes. The local fire crews have had enough.”

When Hughes was sacked last month the firefighters voted by two to one to walk out, but the strike was not called.

The new ballot widens the dispute to include opposition to 68 planned redundancies. The deadline expires this Thursday.

lThe struggles in South Yorkshire and Merseyside are part of a response to a national wave of attacks.

There are disputes across the country – in Cleveland, Cornwall, Derby, Essex, Warwickshire, and more.

The way to respond to national attacks is to launch a national fight.

That’s why activists in branches across the union are demanding the union recalls conference, where a national strike ballot can be launched.

Pass a motion demanding a recall conference.

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