Firefighters resume normal duties following this morning’s strike

ON THE PICKET LINKE Southsea Fire Station FBU members strike in September.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (132628-1)
ON THE PICKET LINKE Southsea Fire Station FBU members strike in September. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132628-1)
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FIREFIGHTERS across the Portsmouth area have returned to work after being on strike for two hours this morning.

At Cosham fire station, 10 members of blue watch walked out and six of them stood at the picket line.

The latest industrial action by Fire Brigades union (FBU) members began at 6am and finished at 8am.

The union has said firefighters face ‘no job and no pension’ as a result of pension changes.

The government has said older firefighters who could get the sack for failing a fitness test would end up taking home a pension which is 41 per cent less than if they reached 60.

Blue watch manager Mark Norton said: ‘If people start to fail their fitness tests they could be put on what is called capability, which means they are not capable of doing the job, and so the service would have the opportunity to sack people on capability.

‘It would mean their pension rights are then deferred.’

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service had urged the public to take extra care on the roads and leave more time for journeys during rush-hour this morning.

It comes after crews walked out of their stations on Friday evening.

And last month’s strike saw hundreds of union members across Hampshire walk out for four hours in protest to the government’s changes to the service’s pension scheme.