Fire fighters to strike four hours a day

Fire crews will strike for two hours, twice a day, for eight days, as part of an ongoing dispute over their pay and pensions.

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Firefighter "worried about the future"

Firefighter Natalie Mortimer, from North Shields, said she was supporting strike action over the next eight days because she fears for her future in the service.

She said her pension contributions are due to rise from 11% to 14% of her salary, which will make a difference to her monthly bills. The government is also proposing to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60.

The government said the retirement age is still low compared with other jobs, and there are benefits available for those who are forced to leave because they are not physically capable.

Firefighters to strike twice a day for eight days

Firefighters will walk out for two hours, twice a day, during eight days of industrial action. The strike is part of an ongoing dispute about plans to raise their retirement age from 55 to 60.

The picket line at Fulwell fire station, Sunderland, during a previous strike

The government says its proposals are fair, and there are benefits available to anyone who cannot continue in their job because they are not physically capable.

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