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Firefighters in Hampshire to join national five-hour stoppage
5:31pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire will join another nationwide five hour strike, it has been revealed.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue have confirmed firefighters in the county will join the Fire Brigades Union strike from 6.30pm to 11.30pm on October 19.
It comes as the Fire Brigades Union is locked in a bitter row with the Government over pensions.
Union General Secretary Matt Wrack said: “We had hoped our first strike was enough to show Government that firefighters could not be more serious about protecting public safety and ensuring fair pensions.
''No firefighter wants to strike, and it's desperately disappointing that governments in Westminster and Cardiff continue to deny reality over pensions costs and the need for a pension scheme that reflects the job firefighters do.
''Firefighters simply cannot be expected to fight fires and rescue families in their late 50s and into their 60s.”
Hampshire Fire and Rescue service have moved quickly to reassure the public that despite industrial action,all urgent calls will be dealt with, but the level of response will be limited and could take longer than usual.
A statement on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service website, said: “We will remain in operation as usual throughout the period of action and are calling for the assistance of the public in reducing calls during that time. “ “If you have an emergency dial 999 and we will we send an emergency response, but our level of response will be limited and may take longer than usual. Our response will focus on the highest risks to life.”
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