Firefighter strike looms as union votes for action

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THE area’s firefighters may go on strike.

It comes after 78 per cent of Fire Brigades Union members voted in favour of taking action over pension reforms.

But in a statement released yesterday Hampshire Fire and Rescue said it wants to reach a solution to avoid industrial action.

There is no further detail or set date for any strike action.

The FBU has 28 days to act on the result of the ballot, which was announced yesterday.

Dave Curry is deputy chief officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

He said: ‘We are hopeful the government and the FBU can resolve this national dispute and prevent any industrial action.

‘While we acknowledge the results of the ballot and 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.’

Cllr Royston Smith, chairman of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said he recognised the ballot but hoped the situation could be resolved through negotiation.