Tax workers in Scotland are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a long-running dispute over job losses and office closures.
Members of the Public and Commercial Services union claim years of job cuts had led to backlogs and delays.
The work of HM Revenue and Customs is expected to be affected.
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.
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.
The firefighter's strike ends at 9am on 13th June. They are on strike due to a long running dispute over pensions.
Cumbria's Chief Fire Officer, Ian Cartwright, is urging people to take extra care during this time.
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:
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.
More than 90 firefighters in Cumbria took part in the national strike last weekend. The three day strike was in response to a dispute with the Government over pensions.
Of 600 firefighters, 94 took part in the strike on Friday, 96 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday.
15 incidents were dealt with by the Fire Service during this time.
Members of the Fire Brigades union have been in disputes with the Government for three years over working conditions.
They will be on strike over the weekend, beginning at 12pm today.
Firefighters are asking everyone to take extra care.
They will be striking at the following times:
- 12pm - 5pm, Friday 2 May
- 2pm - 2am Saturday 3 May
- 10am - 3pm Sunday 4 May
Around 50 primary and secondary schools have been affected today as 3000 teachers in Cumbria supported a national strike.
The National Union of Teachers is protesting against pensions, pay and working conditions.
Parents and grandparents have voiced mixed views about the action and the problems it has caused them.
Kim Inglis reports
Police in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating a spate of burglaries in towns and villages off the M74.
There have been about 10 break-ins since January in Lockerbie, Ecclefechan, Moffat, Lochmaben Johnstonebridge and Beattock.
Thieves have mainly stolen cash and jewellery.