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South Yorkshire firefighters’ strike off as talks start

Issue No. 2176

The FBU firefighters’ union has called off all strike action in South Yorkshire and gone into talks.

Bosses had threatened to sack all 744 firefighters in the area and re-employ them on contracts imposing new shift patterns.

The proposed new shift patterns would see firefighters working 12-hour shifts instead of 9-hour ones, causing childcare problems for many.

Over the last few weeks the strikes have become a national focus for the union. 1,800 firefighters marched through Barnsley at the start of the dispute, and solidarity has since poured in from across the country.

This has put the South Yorkshire bosses under massive pressure. They have now agreed to binding talks at conciliation service Acas, which are ongoing.

See next week’s Socialist Worker for a full report.

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Thu 5 Nov 2009, 13:44 GMT
Issue No. 2176
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