Firefighters stage 8 days of strikes

Firefighters across the region are striking again today in a dispute with the Government over changes to pensions.

It's the eighth and final day of planned protests.

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Eighth day of strike action by firefighters

Firefighters across the West strike for an eighth day. Credit: ITV News West Country

Firefighters across the region are striking again today in a dispute with the Government over changes to pensions.

It's the eighth and final day of planned protests. Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out at noon for two hours and are due to stop work again for an hour at 11.00 pm.

They claim members are having to work longer and receive lower pensions when they retire.

Brigades are advising people to stay safe during the strikes.

86% turnout in first of 8 days of FBU fire strikes

86% turnout in first of 8 days of FBU fire strikes Credit: ITV News West Country

The Fire Brigades Union says there was a 86 per cent turn out from its members in the west country in the first of eight consecutive days of strike action. Fire Brigade Union members are unhappy at plans to raise their retirement age from 55 to 60 and increase their pension contributions. The action is being held over three hours each day. The government says the deal on offer is fair.

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Firefighters stage more strikes across the west

Firefighters stage more strikes across the west Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Firefighters from the west are due to go on strike today in an ongoing row with the Government. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out for two hours at noon and again for an hour at 11pm. Strikes will be held for the same times over the next eight days.

FBU members are unhappy at plans to raise their retirement age from 55 to 60 and increase their pension contributions. The government has said the deal on offer is fair.

Fire brigades say contingency plans are in place, including using contract staff. But fewer fire engines will be available during the action.

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