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South Yorkshire Fire Dispute Union not to proceed with planned strike

FBU represents over 85% of the uniformed staff of the UK fire and service
South Yorkshire FBU will not be proceeding with the 8-day strike after the authority agreed to refer a dispute

South Yorkshire FBU will not be proceeding with the eight-day strike which, was due to start on 27 January after the fire authority agreed to refer a dispute over shift changes to national arbitration. All other industrial action has also been temporarily suspended.

The issues have been referred to national fire service arbitration known as the National Joint Council Joint Secretaries. They include the national fire service employers and Fire Brigades Union.

Ian Murray FBU regional secretary said: "The fire authority accepted our proposals to involve the national employers and union representatives. Shift change and related issue will be referred to national arbitration and the strike action scheduled to start tomorrow will not now go ahead.

"It is important this process is followed with a commitment by both sides to seek resolution. This is a real opportunity for us to reach an agreement to end this long running dispute and in doing so avoid the need to continue with the industrial action."

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