Firefighters stage third day of strikes

Firefighters have staged a third day of strikes amid a long-running pensions dispute with the Government. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in England and Wales walked out at 10am for five hours after stoppages over the past two days.

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Government says deal gives firefighters one of the best pension schemes

The deal on the table gives firefighters one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector, and the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme. Nearly three-quarters will see no change in their pension age in 2015.

– A Communities and Local Government spokesman

The Government has denied union claims that ministers had drawn up alternative proposals six weeks ago, but had been "sitting" on them ever since.

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