Hampshire firefighters set to strike for eight days

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HAMPSHIRE’S fire service is reassuring people that emergency calls will still be answered and responded to during eight consecutive days of strikes over pensions.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has decided to escalate industrial action, saying the current proposals on pensions and later retirement age are ‘unacceptable, unworkable and unrealistic’.

The FBU has been in negotiations with the government for three years in a bid to avoid bringing in a plan they say would see firefighters paying more, working longer and receiving less.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: ‘We would like to reassure you that emergency calls will be answered and responded to.

‘We will remain in operation as usual, and would like your help in reducing calls during this time by taking extra care.’

The strikes will run from July 14 to July 17 from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm, on July 18 from 6am to 8am and 11pm to 1am, from 11am to 1pm and 11pm to 1am on July 19 and from 5pm to 7pm on Sunday July 20.

The strike will run from 6am to 8am and 5pm to 7pm on July 22.