6:30 pm, Tue 31 Dec 2013
The Fire Brigade Union says it expects it to be anything but a Happy New Year for its members as the dispute over pensions deepens.
Firefighters across the region walked out at half past six tonight (December 31) in the latest planned strike.
They are angry at proposals to increase the retirement age to sixty.
Kenny Toal reports.
7:30 am, Tue 31 Dec 2013
The Fire Brigades Union says that resolution to the dispute over pensions is further away than it has ever been and is threatening longer periods of strike action in 2014. Dave Turner is the Chairman of the North East FBU
7:00 am, Tue 31 Dec 2013
Firefighters on a picket line earlier this year
Credit: ITV News
The Fire Brigades Union says it looks like being an unhappy New Year for its members as the dispute over proposed changes to pensions rumbles on.
The Government is proposing that firefighters retire at 60 rather than the current age of 55.
One of the proposals on the table to avoid this is for firefighters to make extra contributions. But the FBU says only one in three firefighters can afford to do this.
6:30 am, Tue 31 Dec 2013
Firefighters across the region will walk out tonight in the latest action in their long-running dispute over proposed changes to their pensions.
Members of the FBU have staged a number of actions over the past 12 months.
They are angry at proposals to increase the age of retirement from 55 to 60 for serving fire fighters.
Tonight's action will begin at 6.30pm and run for six hours.