Firefighters across Wales strike in dispute over pensions

Firefighters across Wales are striking today in the latest fight for their pensions. It's the longest strike they've called in their three year campaign.

Firefighters on strike across Wales

Firefighters face changes to their pensions and retirement age. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Firefighters in Wales are today joining their colleagues in England by going on strike in a continuing row with the UK Government over pensions.

It's the latest in a series of walk-outs. They'll strike for 5 hours starting at 10am.

Fire chiefs have urged people to be extra vigilant, and avoid throwing cigarettes onto grass land, which will be dry because of the current hot weather.

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Firefighters to walk out in longest strike in three years

An agreement on firefighters' pensions has still not been reached. Credit: PA

Firefighters will strike for 24 hours over a dispute in pension plans. The Fire Brigades Union has vowed to take action after the government announced it will introduce a new pension scheme without any further negotiations.

The strike scheduled to begin at 9am this morning will mark the longest walk out in three years. Fire Brigade Union members met with the Minister for Local Government, Brandon Lewis, on Tuesday although an agreement is still yet to be reached.

A second planned strike will take place on Saturday 21st June.