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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:


Councillor Says She's Listening to Protest

Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.

The consultation hasn't finished and it's really important to look at all the alternative suggestions that have been made but these are really tough times and we didn't make the propositions lightly. I didn't walk with the march but it's important to listen to how the public feel here today.

– Cllr Patricia Bell, Lib Dem, Penrith East

Fire engine called out in Kendal

1 of Kendal's fire engines was called out on Saturday to help a disabled person locked in a flat. Protesters say response times could fall. Credit: ITV News

"Both our appliances were in Carlisle at a warehouse fire. In order to attend that, Patterdale had to come up to deal with an incident at Rheged. This morning Kendal have been out - if their second pump was not there who would cover the area?"

  • Dawn Coates, Retained Fire Fighter in Penrith.


Further fire fighter strikes in Cumbria

This morning's strike action follows earlier walk outs over changes to pensions Credit: ITV News

Some firefighters in Cumbria took part in further strike action this morning as part of a nationwide walkout.

The strike took place between 6.30am and 8.30am across the region.

The action stems from an ongoing dispute with the government about pensions.

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