Firefighters' strike

Firefighters walked out in strike action in the long-running dispute over proposed changes to their pensions.

Firefighters strike again

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.

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An unhappy New Year for firefighters

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.

Fire strike planned for tonight

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.