Firefighters’ strike back on after Government discussions fail

Firefighters taking part in a Fire Brigades Union strike
Firefighters taking part in a Fire Brigades Union strike
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Hampshire firfighters are to stage two new strikes with their colleagues nationwide.

THE Fire Brigades Union has announced two further strikes after discussions with the government over pensions broke down.

Two spells of industrial action will take place on Friday, November 1 between 6.30pm and 11pm, and Monday, November 4 from 6am to 8am.

Last weekend’s planned strike was called off after government and fire employers agreed to get back around the table to try and negotiate changes to pensions.

However, the union says these discussions failed to offer any firm guarantees for firefighters facing ‘no job and no pension’ as a result of pension changes.

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.

Neil Odin, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief fire officer, said: ‘We are disappointed that the most recent talks have failed to resolve the concerns of the Fire Brigades Union.

‘We remain prepared for the next round of industrial action but would ask the public to take extra care during the strike periods.’