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Gloucestershire fire service prepares for possible strike action
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S fire service is preparing for possible national strike action, in a row over pensions.
Firefighters have voted to strike against the government’s ‘unworkable’ pension scheme proposals.
Seventy-eight per cent voted in favour of national strike action in ballot results released today by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service has said that despite today’s announcement, a professional fire and rescue service will be maintained in the county.
About 130 wholetime staff and a smaller number of retained firefighters in the county are members of the FBU and could support a potential strike, but no date has been set.
Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “We have substantial contingency plans in place but are still hopeful that these will not be needed.
"We want to reassure local people that we will endeavour to ensure people get the fire and rescue service they deserve.”
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “This is a national strike and not one we can do anything about, however we can make sure that the county is fully prepared and that’s why very thorough plans are in place for the period being discussed.”
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