South Yorkshire firemen strike over shift changes

Firefighters in South Yorkshire are continuing a 24-hour strike in a row over shift changes.

The industrial action started at 6pm yesterday (19 October), with South Yorkshire Fire Authority management staff and volunteers covering the gaps in the service.

The action comes after almost 750 employees were threatened with the sack if they did not accept new employment contracts to work 12-hour day- and night-shifts.

The fire authority wants crews to work the new shifts in place of the current nine-hour days and 15-hour nights, according to the BBC.

But firefighters say this would lead to problems with childcare arrangements and other family issues.

A further 24-hour strike is planned for 23 October.

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