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Firefighters vote for strike action
4:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in New Forest News
FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire are hoping industrial action over pensions can be averted.
The Government plans to change pensions for firefighters in England so they get their full pension at 60.
But the Fire Brigades Union says many firefighters will not be able to maintain fitness standards into their late 50s and this will endanger the public.
Union members in England, Scotland and Wales were balloted, with 78 per cent of them voting in favour of industrial action.
However Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is hoping talks can stop potential strikes.
Dave Curry, deputy chief officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue, said: “While we respect the rights of our firefighters to take lawful industrial action, we remain hopeful that negotiations will continue and this stage will not be reached.
“However, I would like to reassure the public we have robust business continuity plans in place to minimise the impact on the safety of our communities should strike action be announced.”
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