Firefighters on strike

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FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire will walk out on strike twice this weekend.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will take industrial action on Friday and Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.

The strikes will be the fifth and sixth to take place since the end of September, and are the result of a national dispute between the union and the Government over pensions and retirement ages.

The FBU says the Government’s changes could lead to firefighters losing their jobs if they fail fitness tests, with the retirement age set to rise from 55 to 60.

Ministers say the industrial action is “completely unnecessary”.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue has moved to reassure the public that emergency calls will be answered and responded to during the strikes.

A spokesman said: “We will remain in operation as usual throughout the period of industrial action and are calling for your assistance 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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8:11am Wed 11 Dec 13

News Fanatic says...

I have more chance of winning £100m on the lottery than the firefighters have of keeping their retirement age of 55. They are wasting their time going out on strike and it is about time they realised it. All they are doing is throwing their money away..
I have more chance of winning £100m on the lottery than the firefighters have of keeping their retirement age of 55. They are wasting their time going out on strike and it is about time they realised it. All they are doing is throwing their money away.. News Fanatic

8:31pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Someone_New says...

News Fanatic wrote:
I have more chance of winning £100m on the lottery than the firefighters have of keeping their retirement age of 55. They are wasting their time going out on strike and it is about time they realised it. All they are doing is throwing their money away..
Fortunately they aren't as pessimistic as you, and I feel they won't call off the strike just because you say it is pointless...
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: I have more chance of winning £100m on the lottery than the firefighters have of keeping their retirement age of 55. They are wasting their time going out on strike and it is about time they realised it. All they are doing is throwing their money away..[/p][/quote]Fortunately they aren't as pessimistic as you, and I feel they won't call off the strike just because you say it is pointless... Someone_New

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