Fire Brigades Union pleased with progression of negotiations with government and calls off planned fire strikes on Saturday (October 19)
A strike by Hampshire firefighters planned to take place on Saturday (October 19) has been called off.
Union members from the county were due to walk out between 6.30pm and 11.30pm alongside other fire crews across the country due to a row over government plans to increase the retirement age to 60.
But negotiations between the union and government about the proposed changes have progressed and the union called off the strike.
A statement from the FBU said: "The planned firefighters’ strike tomorrow (Saturday) evening has been postponed, after last-minute shifts in stated positions of the government and the employers, which they claim effectively guarantee that no firefighter will be left without either a job or an unreduced pension."
The union's general secretary, Matt Wrack, said firefighters would want cast iron guarantees that the new proposal removes the threat of 'no job, no pension' but warned that further strike action may still be necessary over further unresolved elements to the dispute.
Firefighters held strike action on September 25, walking out from stations across the county between midday and 4pm.