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Firefighters to hold new strike

Firefighters are to hold another strike in their row with ministers over pensions. The industrial action will be held next Wednesday. And the fire brigades union has also balloted members on the possibility of further strikes.

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Firefighters hold new strike in pensions row

Firefighters in England and Wales have staged another strike in their row over pensions with the Government.

A Fire Brigades Union picket in Hove this morning. Credit: Simon Herbert / Twitter

Fire Brigades Union members walked out for two hours at 6am this morning - their third round of action in recent weeks.

Some brigades, including London, hired contractors to provide cover while others relied on part-time and retained staff.

The dispute is over pension age changes which will see fireighters' retirement age increased from 55 to 60.

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