Fire fighters on 24 hour strike

Firefighters in Cumbria are on strike today as part of a nationwide day of action. The walkout is the first protest to span 24 hours and follows a series of shorter strikes in recent months. It's in relation to a dispute over pay and pensions.

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Firefighters attend nine incidents during strike

A national 24 hour strike was called by the FBU Credit: PA

Firefighters responded to nine incidents during the 24 hour strike, says Cumbria County Council.

The Fire Brigades' Union called a national walkout between 9am on Thursday to 9am today (13th June). It's due to an ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Cumbria's Fire and Rescue Service's contingency plans ensured that emergency response would be available over these 24 hours.

They say 137 of Cumbria's 600 operational firefighters took part in the walkout and 31 out of 46 fire engines were available over Cumbria during the strike.

The FBU have called for another strike between 10am-5pm on Saturday 21st June.

Striking firefighters return to work

Firefighters have returned to work this morning after a 24 hour strike Credit: ITV Border

Dozens of fire fighters in Cumbria, who have been on strike since 9:00am yesterday morning, have returned to their stations today.

It's the latest industrial action taken in a three-year dispute over pensions.

The government wants to change pension contributions to cut public expenditure.

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Firefighters strike over pensions

The latest fire fighters strike began this morning, 12 June, in a long running dispute over pensions, with support across Cumbria.

The FBU says dozens of its members refused to work today in a 24-hour strike, the longest yet in this campaign of action which stretches back three years.

The government wants to change fire fighters pensions contributions in a bid to cut public expenditure. The strike ends at 9:00am tomorrow.

Graeme Higgins, Branch secretary, Fire Brigades Union explains why they are on strike:

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