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Firefighters stage strike rally in Newcastle

Strikers stage rally at The Monument Credit: ITV News

Firefighters taking part in a 24 hour strike have staged a rally in Newcastle city centre. It is part of an ongoing row with the Government over their pensions. The 24-hour strike will continue until 7am Thursday. The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service says they will respond to emergency calls during the action but they want the public to take extra care. The government has also responded to today's action, which involves firefighters from across the North East and North Yorkshire.

All fire and rescue authorities have robust and well tested strike contingency plans in place that include back up support if needed. Public safety is our priority and if anyone needs emergency assistance they should dial 999 and they will get a response from their fire and rescue service. Strike action is unnecessary and appears to be over a point which is a vast improvement on the 2006 scheme which required firefighters to work to 60 with no protection. We have been clear that firefighters get an unreduced pension or a job and have changed the National Framework through a statutory instrument to do so. If fire authorities do not produce processes which yield this the Secretary of State has said he will intervene.”

– Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman

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Dry with light winds and bright or sunny spells during the morning, though becoming cloudy and breezier during the afternoon, with outbreaks of light rain arriving by late afternoon.

A rather chilly day, but becoming milder later as rain arrives. Maximum Temperature 8C.

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Firefighters begin new 24-hour strike over pensions

North East firefighters began another 24-hour strike in the latest chapter of an ongoing dispute over their pensions at 7am on February 25.

Members of the Fire Brigades' Union will strike from 7am.

The strike has been organised by the Fire Brigades' Union.

Many fire officers will also rally at Grey's Monument in Newcastle at midday.

Emergency calls will be answered and the fire service says its coverage will be adequate, but asks people to take extra care during the action.

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