Fire crews given notice of ballot

Fire crews in South Yorkshire have been given seven days' notice of a ballot for industrial action in a dispute over frontline cuts and management imposed changes to terms and conditions.

The Fire Brigade's Union has given the authority seven days notice to revers or remove a series of cuts. They include closing four fire stations, losing fire engines and introducing a new duty system.

Frontline cuts have got to stop and we need to start filling vacancies. Fire crews have shown they can agree to be flexible to protect the front line, but these cuts are going too far and we have serious concerns regarding the safety of the public and firefighters in South Yorkshire.

– John Gilliver, Fire Brigade's Union brigade secretary