- 8 updates
Firefighters in Cumbria were on strike again this afternoon.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union were back on the picket lines as part an ongoing dispute over retirement age, pensions and cutbacks that they say could put lives at risk.
Firefighters claim the government has failed to hold constructive negotiations.
The Fire Brigades Union said the government was planning to "punish" firefighters who are forced to retire at 55, saying the physical requirements of their role were not being considered by the government's pension proposals. General Secretary Matt Wrack said:
Fire Minister Brandon Lewis has condemned the latest round of strike action firefighters in England and Wales will take take this morning.
Mr Lewis said the offer on the table over pensions was "one of the most generous public pension schemes available" and said further strikes undermine the union's assertion that it wants to resolve the dispute. He said:
"Firefighters will still get one of the most generous public pension schemes. Less than a quarter of firefighters will see any change in their retirement age in 2015 and more firefighters' pensions are protected than in any other large public service workforce.
"A firefighter who earns £29,000 and retires after a full career aged 60 will get a £19,000-a-year pension, rising to £26,000 with the state pension. An equivalent private pension pot would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much."
Firefighters across Cumbria are taking part in a nation-wide walkout this morning.
It is the third time this year that they have taken action in England and follows a dispute over proposed changes to their pensions.
Firefighters in Cumbria are staging a third walkout in their dispute with the Government over changes to their pensions.
The action, by members of the Fire Brigades Union, will last from 6am to 8am. People are being urged to take extra care on the roads and in their homes during the stoppage.
The FBU is fighting proposals to raise firefighters' pension age from 55 to 60. The UK Government has described the industrial action as 'completely unnecessary'.
Firefighters in Cumbria will be joining a national strike this evening, November 1, in protest at changes to their pensions.
They will walk out for four and a half hours at 6:30pm. The Government says the action is "completely unnecessary."
Tim Backshall reports.
Firefighters in Cumbria will go on strike on Friday evening between 6.30pm and 11pm in a row about pensions.
Cumbria County Council says the service will be stretched, but they have enough on-call fire fighters to keep people safe.