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Hampshire Fire and Rescue bosses hopeful industrial action over pension reform will not go ahead
HAMPSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is still hopeful that industrial action over controversial pension reforms can be avoided.
The service believes the Government and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) can reach a workable solution that would prevent the need for such drastic action.
The results of the FBU’s ballot of members over strike action saw 78 per cent voting in favour of strike action.
The details and dates of any strike action have yet to be confirmed by the FBU but the union now has 28 days to act on the ballot result.
Dave Curry, deputy chief officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue, pictured, 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.”
The FBU has said that planned changes to pensions were “unaffordable and unworkable”, would impose an increase in members’ contributions and would put firefighters at risk of dismissal without access to a proper pension if they cannot maintain fitness standards as they near the retirement age of 60.
Cllr Royston Smith, chairman of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Author-ity, added: “I recognise the result of the ballot, but hope this can be resolved through negotiations.”
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