Where you work - South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

There are 227 support staff in the service, a large proportion of whom are members of UNISON. They play a vital role in keeping the public of South Yorkshire safe by providing advice and education and releasing fire fighters to carry out their duties. Drastic government cuts mean approximately 40 of these posts will be lost.

UNISON stewards are engaged in meetings with management aimed at minimising the number of compulsory redundancies. They also provide support and advice to staff who request it to try to ensure they remain employed. Approval has been given for UNISON to have a third steward to reduce the burden on the other two during this difficult period.

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Job losses at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue will hit safety standards

(20/07/11) 40 of the 227 support staff posts at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue are set to be axed.

UNISON stewards are currently working alongside the other support staff representatives and holding frequent meetings with management to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies.

Steward Jim Allen said: “The management is being forced to implement big government cuts to their budget but they also want to avoid compulsory redundancies.

“The voluntary severance scheme is going some way towards doing that, but we have a fairly young workforce with children and mortgages who cannot afford to take that option.”
Jim said UNISON was providing support and advice to all staff who request it to try to ensure they remain employed.

Because of the difficulty of the issue, approval has been given for a third steward to work with Jim and Wendy Mustill.

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