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Firefighters to strike over Bank Holiday weekend over pensions dispute
FIREFIGHTERS across Hampshire are set to hold more strikes as a row over pensions rolls on.
The Fire Brigades Union has announced further industrial action will take place between midday and 5pm on May 2, between 2pm and 2am on May 3, and between 10am and 3pm on May 4.
It comes after the last round of strikes in early January.
A ban on voluntary overtime will be in place across England and Wales from 3pm on May 4 until midday on May 9.
Firefighters have been striking over government plans to raise the age of retirement from 55 to 60 and increase pension contributions.
Negotiations between the FBU and the Department for Communities and Local Government have been taking place for three years.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes into account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.
“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.
“Nevertheless, we remain totally committed to resolving the dispute through negotiation, and are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.”
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