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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.

FBU: People need to be 'more careful' during strike action

As firefighters across Wales are preparing to strike in the latest dispute over pensions, Cerith Griffiths from the Fire Brigades Union says people need to be 'that bit more careful'.

The strike, which is due to begin shortly, is the longest in their three year campaign and people are being warned to be aware of the reduced services across the country.

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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.

Fire Minister: Further firefighter strikes 'unnecessary'

The Fire Minister has described a fresh wave of planned strikes by firefighters as 'unnecessary'.

The deal gives firefighters one of the most generous pension schemes in all the public sector and the proposals protect the earned rights of a higher proportion of members than any other public sector scheme.

Nearly half will see no change and even firefighters who are not protected will see no change until 2015.

Under the new scheme, a firefighter who earns £29k will still be able to retire after a full career aged 60, get a £19k-a-year pension - £26k with state pension.

An equivalent private pension would be worth over half a million pounds and require firefighters to contribute twice as much.

– Fire Minister Brandon Lewis

The minister also accused the Fire Brigades Union of 'not being serious' about finding a resolution to the dispute - which the FBU refutes.

Mr Lewis added that the UK Government has met with the FBU "on many occasions, most recently during April", and has "remained in ongoing communication to find a solution".

Read: FBU accuses UK Government of 'burying its head in the sand'

FBU: UK Government 'burying its head in the sand'

The Fire Brigades Union has accused the UK Government of "burying its head in the sand" in an ongoing dispute over pensions and retirement - but says it remains "totally committed" to finding a resolution.

After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes account the unique occupation of firefighting, the Government is still burying its head in the sand.

Several members of Government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.

We are ready to meet to consider a workable proposal as soon as possible.

– Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary

Read: Fire Minister says further firefighter strikes are 'unnecessary'

Firefighters to stage further strikes over bank holiday

The Fire Brigades Union and the UK Government are locked in a dispute over pension and retirement proposals Credit: PA

Firefighters in Wales and England will stage fresh strikes over the May Bank Holiday weekend in a long-running dispute with the UK Government over pensions.

Fire Brigades Union members will walk out for five hours from noon on May 2, between 2pm and 2am on May 3 and between 10am and 3pm on May 5.

There will also be a ban on voluntary overtime across Wales and England from 3pm on May 4 until noon on May 9.

Firefighters staged a series of strikes last year in protest at plans for a later retirement age and changes to pensions, but further action was put on hold while talks were held.

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Firefighters stage fresh walkout in pensions dispute

Firefighters across Wales are currently staging a fresh strike in an ongoing dispute with the Government over plans to raise the retirement age.

Cardiff Central is just one of many fire stations across the UK taking part in industrial action Credit: Tom Sheldrick / ITV News

Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out at 10am - the fourth time industrial action has been taken in recent weeks.

The latest strike - which ministers say is 'completely unnecessary' - is expected to last until 2pm.

The union fears firefighters will lose their jobs if they fail fitness tests as part of changes to the pension age from 55 to 60 Credit: Tom Sheldrick / ITV News

'Contingency force' in place during fire strike

The planned fire strike by Welsh fire crews is due to run from 10am until 2pm today.

South Wales fire service is quite unique in its high level of union membership, meaning virtually all staff there will be taking industrial action.

South Wales is in a particular position where over 97% of our operational staff are in the Fire Brigades Union - that's over 1,700 people, all of those staff we expect to take industrial action today. So that means all of our 50 fire stations - there will be no fire appliances available from any of those. That's why we have to build a contingency force, which is the army, auxiliary reserve and support from neighbours.

– Rod Hammerton, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Fire crews urge extra caution ahead of planned strike

Wales' fire services are urging members of the public to 'take extra care' ahead of a planned strike tomorrow in an ongoing dispute over pensions.

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#takeextracare during periods of Industrial Action. 10am – 2pm Wednesday 13 November 2013 #SWControl

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