Fresh wave of fire strikes begin today

Firefighters on the picket line at Hightown fire station in Southampton during a previous strike

Firefighters on the picket line at Hightown fire station in Southampton during a previous strike

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

FIREFIGHTERS in Hampshire will launch a fresh wave of strikes today in a bitter row with the Government over pensions, with no sign of a breakthrough in the long running dispute.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out for two hours at noon and again for an hour at 11pm.

Strikes will be held at the same times over the next eight days.

Fire service bosses will again put contingency plans in place, including using contract staff. Fewer fire engines will be available during the action.

The union has been campaigning for the past few years against controversial Government plans to change pensions.

The FBU claims firefighters will have to work longer and receive lower pensions when they retire. The union accused the Government of ''walking away'' from talks earlier this week.

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7:43pm Sat 9 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Here we go again........

If you aren't happy with a job, find another and move on. Plenty of people are willing to take your place. x

Stop complaining, you work for someone, they don't work for you!
Here we go again........ If you aren't happy with a job, find another and move on. Plenty of people are willing to take your place. x Stop complaining, you work for someone, they don't work for you! IronLady2010
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11:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Solent Soul says...

I think you will find that fire fighters love their jobs.It takes a lot of of hard work & commitment to get into the service & even more to get through the probationary stages & maintain competencies. What they do not like is when the government comes along & changes the pension you signed up to as much as 20yrs ago, making it virtually impossible to reach its full term without massive financial penalties. They don't expect footballers wages but they do expect to be treated like the professionals they are & have the pension contracts they signed up to honoured..
I think you will find that fire fighters love their jobs.It takes a lot of of hard work & commitment to get into the service & even more to get through the probationary stages & maintain competencies. What they do not like is when the government comes along & changes the pension you signed up to as much as 20yrs ago, making it virtually impossible to reach its full term without massive financial penalties. They don't expect footballers wages but they do expect to be treated like the professionals they are & have the pension contracts they signed up to honoured.. Solent Soul
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